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Voting Members in Attendance: Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Ted Mackie, Cathy Russell, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Steve Boyers, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, Geoff Shelden, Gil Dembo, Richard Wulliger, Mary Cole, Amy Kalp, Aurelia Friedman
MINUTES FOR JANUARY 13th, 2011
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Andrew Wolfberg, Jamie Schloss, Barbara Marinacci
1. Reading of Community Council ‘s Mission from the Bylaws-Stuart Muller read the mission statement.
2. Call to Order- Janet Turner call the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Introductions of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a Quorum was present.
4. Adoption of the Minutes- Harry Sondheim moved and Steve Boyers seconded that the minutes from the December 9, 2010 meeting be adopted with the attendance correction of adding Richard Wulliger. The motion was passed unanimously.
5. Consideration of the Agenda- The Chair considered the Agenda.
6. Treasurer’s Report- The Treasurer reported that as of January 13, 2011 there is $3,726.00 in the checking account; $18,131.33 in the Smith Barney CD’s, and $0.00 in the Post Office Account for a total of $21,857.33. An anonymous gift of $500.00 was received.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1 Announcements fro the Chair
Chair introduced Schuyler Dietz our new Junior Youth representative. (Non-voting.)
7.1.1 The next meeting is January 27, 2011.
7.1.2 News reports indicate that P-3 was voted on and passed by the Los Angeles City Council. The Pacific Palisades Community Council City/State Budget oversight committee and the PPCC Executive committee opposed this. See details on P-3 in item 7.2.1 below.
The Mayor has asked the Neighborhood and Community Councils for input on the approach the City should take to address the economic problems. Ideas, suggestions, etc. We need to gather our ideas.
At our next meeting our representative to the Mayor's City Budget Advocates Committee will be here to give us an update and to take down our suggestions.
The draft motion 10.5 still be voted on tonight because it also opposes the sale of City Parking Meters.
7.1.3 The City of Los Angeles gave notice of the sale of the lots on Potrero Canyon.
7.1.4 The Sigrid and Arnold Hofer wrote a very nice thank you note in appreciation of the Community Service Award they received from PPCC at the December potluck meeting.
7.1.5 PPCC received an anonymous gift of $500 contribution from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund at the suggestions of the Zuckerman-Kanner Gift Fund. A thank you letter is being sent.
Spark Plug qualifications will be published in the February 4th edition of the Palisades Post. The selection will be made in March. The Chair appointed the Spark Plug selection committee - Richard Cohen, Norma Spak, Aurelia Friedman (youth rep), Mary Cole, and Chair Ted Mackie.
The Chair also appointed the Spark Plug awards dinner committee to be Kurt Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Kathy Rolle, Haldis Toppel, Cathy Russell (Mary Cole if she's still in town) and Chair Christy Dennis.
The newsletter committee was also appointed. Barbara Kohn, Kathy Rolle, Haldis Toppel and Chair, Christy Dennis
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s Office- Joaquin Macias and John Gregory. John Gregory stated that in defense of the Mayor's and City Council's "P-3" proposal ("Public-Private Partnership”) to lease to private investors for 50 years nine public parking garages located in Westwood, Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys, and on Robertson Boulevard, they agreed to a long term lease agreement and not a fire sale of City assets. The City usually runs the lots at below market rate, at a loss of about $4 million per year. The City can no longer afford to do this. The City is concentrating on core services such as safety, library, parks and recreation and this is not a core service. The City has lost money over the last year and competitive parking rates will be implemented. Jack Allen commented that the parking garages are mismanaged and that subsidized parking will generate revenue for the City by attracting people to shop and spend money. Paul Glasgall asked what the projected revenue from the $140 debt in bonds would be. Gil Dembo commented about the 50 year lease and if we are giving away money to the private sector. George Wolfberg asked about the occupancy rate. (Response 50% average involving 9 garages). It was suggested that the city was not managing the garages very well. It was asked if this project is meant to appease the Labor unions by saving jobs for 9 months? Answer – No because this was started 2.5 years ago.
Jennifer Badger from Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office – stated that they considered what Chicago was doing and the goal is to get money in the short term and manage assets better. The City is adopting a concept of core services.
Harry Sondheim said that the City had no problem raising the rate on parking meters. The private operators of the parking garages will raise the rates why can’t the City do this? Answer is that the concept behind the increase in parking meter rates is to help reduce traffic congestion by guiding motorists to use parking structures and spaces further away from the services they are seeking. The City wants it to be a win-win for them and the private contractor. Restrictions in pricing will be placed.
Any excess money is to go to the Reserve fund, and that is what the credit rating systems for bonds look at. The reserve fund is below 5% and it has to be brought up.
The City is at the point of making the difficult decisions and the P3 issue is a hard decision. They are also looking at other structural changes. The opposition to this decision has just come forward and they understand the criticism.
John Gregory says that this will not cover this year’s deficit and it is not an option at this time. It goes back to the core services issue; the City has to concentrate on core services.
George Wolfberg moved and Stuart Muller seconded Motion 10.5 Opposition to Sale of City Parking Meters and the Lease of City Parking Garages to a Private Party.
The motion was amended and passed unanimously with two abstentions as follows:
The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) OPPOSES the sale or lease of any parking meters owned by the City. The right to receive in perpetuity all the revenue from these meters should go directly to the City and should not be sold to balance a budget for a year.
The PPCC also disagrees with the decision of the Mayor and the City Council to enact the "P-3" proposal ("Public-Private Partnership") to lease to private investors for 50 years nine public parking garages located in Westwood, Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys, and on Robertson Boulevard and OPPOSES thesale or lease of any other city parking garages and/or parking meters. PPCC SUPPORTS the continuation of all existing parking programs of low-cost, short-term parking rates currently provided at any of the City's public garages.
7.2.2 Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore stated that there was an increase in vehicle break-ins, especially during the rains. It appears to be a one night event. Reminder to clear all visible items from your car. Stuart Muller asked about a truck parked on Pacific Coast Highway near the shack. Officer Moore responded that it was removed today, it had been stolen.
7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Dick Wulliger said the Historical Society is sponsoring it annual Pacific Palisades Historical Quiz at Theatre Palisades on January 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. There will be no charge.
8. Reports From Committees
8.1 YMCA Committee- Richard Cohen report read by the Chair stated that they met with Carol Pfannkuche of the YMCA regarding the Simon Meadow landscaping. She said that she will work with David Card, the landscaper, and others to devise a plan for the cleanup and landscaping of the site. Richard Cohen is appointed by the Chair as a consultant and he will share any plans with the Board as they become available.
8.2 Land Use Committee - Core Findings Update- Jack Allen reported that the Planning Commission was considering shutting down all community planning. On the bright side, they incorporated a lot of the suggestions submitted by the PPCC Land Use Committee (LUC) on the Core Findings Ordinance.
9. Old Business
10. New Business 5 Dogs and 5 Cats Ordinance - In the absence of Chris Spitz, the PPCC Land Use Committee chair, George Wolfberg introduced the proposed LA City motion CF 10-0982 that would increase the allowable number of pets per household from 3 to five dogs and five cats with the goal to increase revenue for the Department of Animal Services and find homes for pets that would otherwise be euthanized.
Haldis Toppel outlined the following four major issues concerning the proposed ordinance:
1. The Department of Animal Services needs more money. Nobody argues against the fact that money is needed to better serve our animal population.
2. Dogs and Cats are better off in a loving home than in a shelter or euthanized. Again, nobody can and will argue against this point.
3. Putting 10 animals under one roof will harm people and create a nuisance in communities. Many arguments can be raised on this topic.
4. Putting 10 animals under one roof will harm the animals. Again, arguments can be raised.
Pro Ordinance CF 10-0982 was Joaquin Macias and John Gregory of Councilman Rosendahl’s office and Brenda Barnette, General Manager of the Department of Animal Services. The arguments for the ordinance include the following;
1. The Board of Commissioners for Animal services passed the ordinance unanimously. The ordinance was presented in the Valley and on the Westside and received little opposition.
2. Limits guard dogs to only 2 per residence.
3. It is now a planning issue and is going to the Planning Department for 90 days, and then City's Council's Planning and Land Use Committee.
4. The ordinance is humane and will increase options for licenses and increased revenues.
5. Mechanism is in place to address the issues of barking, pack behavior, etc.
6. Other major cities have no restrictions on pets.
There was acknowledgement that there is no enforcement of current animal laws in Los Angeles.
Gil Dembo said that environmental issues need to be considered, even in apartments. Barbara Kohn asked about who would prepare the EIR and where the funds would be coming from.
Haldis Toppel presented the statement from Julie Sterling, a local dog trainer and breeder. Her main points are:
1. The more dogs are located in one household, the more the pack mentality develops. The dogs are more difficult to control by a lay person and can become dangerous to themselves and to people.
2. The license fees should be enforced and collected by Animal Services. Her experience is that only 10% of all dogs are licensed. If collected on all of them, the money should be sufficient. She suggests that the Animal Services enforce the ordinance that are already in place before creating new ones.
Dr. Kathy Litochleb, DVM, a local veterinarian with the Palisade Veterinary Center on Via de La Paz presented the attached letter. She also felt that the charge for licenses should be increased and that all pets should have licenses. Vets make sure that animals have their rabies vaccine and could be a catalyst for making sure that they are also registered.
Other discussion- Apartment landlords can say no to pets. What about condos?
Would it necessarily take the animals out of the pound and put them into private residences?
Phyllis Dougherty, animal activist, said that the ordinance has several major flaws. There is no incentive to get the animals from shelters; can get the animals from anywhere. Just because you have more animals doesn’t mean that they will be registered. There is mismanagement of the animal shelters, this ordinance does not change that. It does not require spay and neutering. It favors breeders and will rewrite kennel zoning laws in the City. Allowing ten adult animals with no limits on breeding, many more needy animals will exist. There is no requirement on space; people will not self regulate.
Harry Sondheim noted that with the City cutting back on services, they will not be able to provide additional personal to enforce this ordinance.
Brenda Barnette, General Manager, Department of Animal Services, made the following points:
1. Rosendahl’s office wrote the proposal and gave it to the Department of Animal Services to review.
2. The Board of Animal Commissioners were given the report to allow the 5 dogs/ 5cats limits. They agreed.
3. Guard dogs were considered a safety issue and were limited to 2 per property.
4. Two Town hall meetings were held and people were largely in favor of the ordinance.
5. The safety issue is not apparent, but the planning issue is since the ordinance provides for over 3 dogs and 3 cats per residence and currently a kennel permit is needed. She asked us to postpone our vote until Planning does its report.
6. When asked about license fees, she observed that the license fees are currently not collected as they should be. Only one third of the fees are collected.
James Rea moved that the motion be tabled until after the EIR is completed. Jack Allen seconded. The motion to table was defeated.
George Wolfberg made the motion as drafted by the LUC and Gil Dembo seconded:
The motion was amended and passed unanimously with one abstention as follows:
Whereas, the Pacific Palisades Community Council's (PPCC) Mission, as stated in the Bylaws, is to protect and improve the quality of life in the Pacific Palisades.
Whereas, the proposed ordinance to increase the number of allowable pets per household to five dogs and five cats for a total of ten may increase a public nuisance and impair the quality of life in the Pacific Palisades.
Whereas, the PPCC agrees with the opinion of veterinarians and other animal experts, that the proposed ordinance may also have the unintended consequence of endangering the welfare of household pets.
Therefore, the PPCC opposes the proposed ordinance CF 10-0982.
10.1 On behalf of the Department of Aging, guest Catherine Fitz, who is on the Advisory Council to the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, and a Sr. Residential Transition Specialist, CSA at Together in Transition, gave the Council a description of the kinds of needs our growing senior population is being faced with. She stated that Los Angeles has the largest senior population of any large US City. She said that Commissions on Aging and City Council needs to hear from the public about protecting Department of Aging budget. Many materials and services exist to help seniors and care givers. She listed a number of free services and a few with minimal charges.
10.2 Marie Steckmast reported that she has bike racks for the Village. The City is paying for them on the PROW. Marie received a grant to put them on private property. She presented us with suggested sites and needs our input. It was agreed that the locations will be reviewed by the Land Use committee and that Chris Spitz will be in touch with Marie Steckmast regarding this.
10.4 Farmer’s Market has requested input on its planned expansion onto Antioch between Via De La Paz and Swarthmore. John Edwards from California Certified Farmers Markets (CCFM), wants to expand its relationship with the Community thru promotion of healthy eating programs, farm visits for children, library program (something like eating with Jane Austin). Jennifer McColm, President of CCFM, said it would be a natural expansion for the Palisades Farmers market to spill over onto Antioch with about 30-50 spaces (10 by 10 each). Farmers usually take three spaces.
Joyce Brunelle wants them to take a survey of current businesses on Antioch for their input. There was also a concern about having enough parking. Also, the type of vendor that would be represented was a concern. Would it be additional farmers or more like a flea market? Jack Allen said that the parking issue has to be addressed before this could move forward.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:11 p.m.
THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS SENT BY THE CHAIR:
January 19, 2011
The Honorable Bill Rosendahl
Councilman, 11th District Los Angeles City Council
West Los Angeles District Office
1645 Corinth Avenue, Room 201
West Los Angeles, California 90025
RE: Opposition to 5 Dog 5 Cat Ordinance CF 10-0982
Dear Councilman Rosendahl:
On January 13, 2011 the Board of Governor of the Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Ordinance CF 10-0982, which would allow the number of dogs and cats in a household to be increased from three to five of each for a total of 10.
This ordinance was reviewed thoroughly by the PPCC Land Use Committee, and PPCC heard from numerous presenters that included: John Gregory, CD 11, Joaquin Macias, CD 11, Brenda Barnette, General Manager, Animal Services, Dr. Kathy Litochleb DVM (letter attached), Phyllis Dougherty, animal activist and Board Members and visiting public.
We understand the purpose of this proposed ordinance is to collect more license fees and to provide homes for animals that would otherwise be euthanized. Although your intent is admirable we believe the method for solving the problem is misguided, and we overwhelmingly passed the following motion:
Whereas, the Pacific Palisades Community Council's (PPCC) Mission, as stated in the Bylaws, is to protect and improve the quality of life in the Pacific Palisades,
Whereas, the proposed ordinance to increase the number of allowable pets per household to five dogs and five cats for a total of ten may increase a public nuisance and impair the quality of life in the Pacific Palisades,
Whereas, the PPCC agrees with the opinion of veterinarians and other animal experts, that the proposed ordinance may also have the unintended consequence of endangering the welfare of people and household pets.
Therefore, the PPCC opposes the proposed ordinance CF 10-0982.
The attached letter from Dr. Litochleb outlines many of our concerns about the potential danger to people and animals. (She also makes some good suggestions on how to increase animal registrations.)
Another major objection was that the ordinance lacks requirements for these pets to be rescue animals or to be spayed or neutered. The ordinance also has no limits on the number of animals under four months old and thus would favor breeders, rather than reduce the number of pets and/or help the rescue population.
An additional concern was that the ordinance would allow kennels (more than three dogs and/or cats) to move from commercial areas into high density residential areas and potentially house 10 adult pets and an unlimited number of pups and kittens adjacent to private homes. With the City’s poor record of enforcing any of its ordinances, problems from such operations could seriously impact the quality of life in these neighborhoods.
It was further pointed out that currently cats are not licensed and only about 10% to 30% of all dogs are licensed. Consequently, there is little confidence that the ordinance will indeed create more than a nominal increase in the income for Animal Services but may potentially increase the cost for inspections and enforcement.
For all of these reasons, the Pacific Palisades Community Council respectfully urges you to oppose the ordinance to increase the allowable number of dogs and/or cats per household from three to five for a total of ten.
Janet Turner, Chair 310-573-0382
CC: via e-mail
Alan Bell, Planning Department
LA City Councilmembers
Attachment: Letter from Kathy Litochleb, DVM
PACIFIC PALISADES VETERINARY CENTER
853 VIA DE LA PAZ
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA. 90272
310-573-7707 FAX- 310-454-7122
Dear Pacific Palisades Community Council: 1/03/2011
Thank you for calling my veterinary clinic to gather an opinion from myself and my colleagues regarding the new law extending the number of pets per household to five cats and five dogs allowing ten pets per household.
We oppose the new law for the following reasons:
Increase in barking/noise
depriving neighbors of peace and quiet
Increase in fecal excrement in public areas
Increase in cat litter/feces flushed into the oceans
Threat to bird population from outdoor cats hunting (big problem) Cats are obligate carnivores and so they must eat meat taxing the environment.
Overcrowding of parks with dogs
Inability of the owners to provide proper care and nutrition for their pets due to expense (i.e.: 10 animals would cost $1200 a year in flea control alone)
Increase in zoonotic disease from overcrowding
Increasing the numbers of dogs allows for a pack mentality making the dogs more difficult to control
Since no square footage of the residences was addressed it would be possible for someone living in a 1200 square foot condo to have ten animals in this environment, this is a recipe for disaster
An increase in humans bit by dogs and bit and scratched by cats causes increasing visits to the ER
Due to the nature of felines, some cats do not do well in small areas with dogs and other cats forcing them to live miserable lives
There is no guarantee that people would adopt dogs that need homes, they may purchase pets from breeders or pet stores negating the original intent of this law. City could generate millions by implementing the following:
1) Mandatory micro chipping of all pets, dogs and cats, through the shelters, vets, pet store and breeders. Involve all veterinarians in mandatory registration/micro chipping of all pets brought to the clinic. Nota Bene: Only 10 to 20% of my patients have Rabies tags ….this is an empirical estimate. This indicates that 80% of the dogs are not registered. If this is that actual number the City is losing a huge chunk of change from derelict owners, these funds could be used to provide care for shelter animals. Since the City is not collecting on all dogs now, increasing the number may not be helpful. This would create a situation in which we would have more dogs and not necessarily adequate funds. We need to keep the numbers the same and collect from derelict owners.
2) Increase registration to $35 per pet per year, including all cats.
This would increase in revenue by a factor of 3.5. Far above the extra 800K currently proposed Fifteen dollar increase is a paltry amount and could easily be sustained by owners. Cats outnumber dogs in number so by registering cats the increase of revenue could be higher than the 3.5.
3) Force pet shops to pay a hefty tax on each dog and cat. Pet shops typically buy puppies and kittens for about $400 and mark them up to $1200 to $2000 at sale. I think a percent tax of the final sale price would be appropriate. This money could be used for the shelters.
4) Regulate breeders: Implement property inspections, premise licenses and breeding license with a qualifying exam to ensure accountability. Currently anyone can breed dogs and cats resulting in horrific situations were animals are poorly kept and abused. Breeders operate under the radar in their backyards and avoid taxes and accountability. Animal care and breeding require knowledge and hard work and should be treated as such
5) All pets/puppies brought into California would need to register. Imported pets would require a microchip and registration with the City and State. Out of state breeders would need to show proof of a business license and of tax payment to their state. This would stifle illicit backyard breeder of the horrific kind, and favor the serious breeders.
Animals and pets need the protection of people. We should do everything possible to ensure their wellbeing and educate owners to provide the best possible environment for their pets. The government is looked to by its people to make the best possible decision with goodness and honorable intent. This is certainly not the case with a law promoting overcrowding, zoonosis and dubious care of our pets.
Catalina Litochleb DVM
Pacific Palisades Veterinary Center
Voting Members in Attendance: Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russell, Norma Spak, Steve Cron, Jennifer Malaret, Robert Baker, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Kathy Rolle, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Gilbert Dembo, Richard Wulliger, Amy Kalp, Jim Rea, Aurelia Friedman
MINUTES FOR JANUARY 27th, 2011
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming, Jamie Schloss, Barbara Marinacci
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws- Kathy Rolle read the mission statement.
2. Call to Order and Introductions -Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Introductions of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a Quorum was present.
4. Adoption of the Minutes- Haldis Toppel moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the January 13, 2011 meeting be adopted. The motion was passed unanimously.
5. Consideration of the Agenda – The Chair considered the Agenda.
6. Treasurer’s Report- The Treasurer reported that as of January 27, 2011, there is $3,456.72 in the checking account; $18,131.33 in the Smith Barney CD’s; and $0.00 in the Post Office deposit for a total of $21,588.05.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1 Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is February 10, 2011.
7.1.2 The PPCC website was updated by Ted Mackie to highlight weekly issues facing our community and allowing readers to respond. We have applied for a grant from the Junior Women’s Club to implement a new feature where we send out e mail alerts to residents about current issues and provide them with a way to vote on the issues thus giving us numbers to present to City Representatives which will bolster our Resolutions.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman’s Rosendahl’s office- Joaquin Macias
Councilman’s Rosendahl’s office is looking into the issue of turning Street Lights into cell towers on a City wide basis.
Portrero Canyon will have its kick off next week with the ground breaking ceremony at the mouth of the canyon and Pacific Coast Highway. The project will begin with re-grading and stabilizing the hill and continue with the process of redoing the whole canyon.
Pacific Palisades Community Center Committee erected a fence around the perimeter of the baseball diamonds to prevent further vandalism and limit destruction of the baseball field. It will be locked at night. The Councilman’s Office has stated that the fence will remain in place and the field will be unlocked during Park open hours between 9 am and 9 pm and locked thereafter.
An old driveway on Enchanted Way adjacent to a landslide will have berms to keep water runoff from draining onto the property below. The abandoned construction site on 815 El Oro is in disrepair. A notice will be sent to the owner who will then have 30 -45 days to respond. The retaining wall on the property is in compliance.
Joaquin Macias announced that the unpaved remnant of sidewalk at the top of Entrada Drive at the corner of Adelaide Drive is on City property. City Street Services supervisors have refused to place a temporary asphalt sidewalk to increase the safety of pedestrians. The reason is a policy that an ADA curb ramp also would have to be installed if any work is done at this site. George Wolfberg asked whether this request had been made to department executives; it had not. Macias commented that a community group can apply for a beautification grant, but should check with the City to see if there are any restrictions.
7.2.2 Michael Moore- Reported to the Council (incorporated in comments from Captain Nathan)
7.2.3 Victoria Cross – Government & Neighborhood Relations Liaison for Department of Water and Power (DWP); 111 North Hope Street, Room 1531; Los Angeles, CA 90012; firstname.lastname@example.org; (213) 367-4141. The new general manager for the DWP is Ron Nickels. There are scheduled open houses to discuss the Scattergood-Olympic projects on:
February 23, 2011 from 5:30-8:30pm; West Los Angeles Municipal Building, Hearing room #200 1645 W. Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles (Parking on the NW corner of Iowa & Corinth)
February 24, 2011 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Courtyard Marriot, Palos Verdes Meeting Room 13480 Maxella Avenue, Marina Del Rey
The large transformer sitting outside the DWP substation on Sunset and Via de la Paz is temporary and will be removed once repairs are made inside the building.
Haldis Toppel asked about the status on the DWP lot and the planned DWP substation on Marquez adjacent to the Marquez Elementary School. Victoria Cross said that she would look into this and get back to us with an answer.
9. Old Business
9.1 LAPD Captain Evangeline Nathan- addressed how Police protection in the Palisades will be affected by the City’s economic problems.
Captain Nathan is the area commanding officer for West Los Angeles, starting this position in April 2009. She has an extensive background in law enforcement. Her command encompasses 64.5 sq. miles with 260,000 residents and ½ million people who come here daily. There are 7 Senior Lead Officers with 220 officers assigned to this area. Their goal is to improve the quality of life in the area, reduce the response time from the current 8 minutes to 7 minutes and reduce crime. Captain Nathan feels she knows how to get the job done by deploying quickly and being innovative.
1. Should we have a Police substation in the Palisades Park or a stop-in center? Capt. Nathan responded that the Police Dept. is reluctant to open any new sub stations due to fiscal problems.
Haldis Toppel explained that the LAPD Substation facility was included in the initial plan and construction of the new gym but has since been used for storage of gym equipment by Recreation & Parks. The new location at the entrance of the new gym is now envisioned as a drop-in to allow the LAPD Officers to prepare their reports without having to return to the West Los Angeles Station, thus increasing the presence of LAPD in the community. Public access is not envisioned at this time. It was agreed that in the future, the term “LAPD Substation” would not be used for the new facility under discussion, but some other term defined by LAPD would be substituted. Funding for the construction of the current facility has been donated by the American Legion. The Department of Recreation and Parks supports the installation of the LAPD facility because police presence at the park would deter crimes and vandalism at the park. The current location at the entrance to the new gym is unused space and will not interfere with any park activities. Carolyn James, Principal Recreation Supervisor 1 for the West Region, stated other requirements to be addressed are an agreement between the Department of Recreation and Parks and the LAPD; secure phone line; a building permit and a right of entry permit; a secure and quiet area for storage and privacy, and a Board report. Captain Nathan stated that the need for the more expensive T1 communication line has been dropped for this facility.
Officer Michael Moore stated that a secure facility was needed for the officers to conduct their business in the Palisades without the need to return to the West Los Angeles station. The current arrangement with the Chamber of Commerce is not adequate and he supported the creation of the planned LAPD facility.
The Park advisory committee supported the creation of a LAPD facility with a unanimous vote of support on January 26, 2011.
Stuart Muller objected to the substation being at the Park and suggested that other locations be considered such as the library, fire station or the Chamber. He disagreed that the substation was part of the plan for the Park 12 years ago when the new gym was built and said it was not in the 2000 PPCC Task Force to Plan and Implement Palisades Recreation Center Improvements and Modifications report. Jack Allen recalled that the LAPD Substation was part of the initial plan and construction of the new gym. Haldis Toppel made a motion for the PPCC to support the LAPD facility at the park. Because the issue was not on the agenda, the motion was tabled and the matter will be placed on a future PPCC agenda.
George Wolfberg brought up an incident where 5 officers were present investigating a suicide, but failed to respond to a leaf blower infraction. Captain Nathan gave the explanation that they might not have been able to leave the scene prior to the determination of death by the coroner. The Captain stated that improved roll call training will occur and will stress to officers the importance to the community of quality of life issues like illegal leaf blowers.
Drugs in the area have not been a problem recently, but are handled by vice who use undercover methods to curtail any such activity.
Richard Cohen thanked and commended the service of Michael Moore with the concurrence of the Board.
Amy Kalp brought up the issue of the motor cycle noise on Wednesday evenings. The problem seems to have resurfaced with warmer evenings. Captain Nathan said that traffic questions are handled by the traffic division headed by Captain Nancy Lauer. The LAPD is aware of the problem and is addressing it.
10. New Business
10.1 Presentation from Jay Handal- Chairman of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Council Budget Committee and City-State Budget Oversight Committee
Jay Handal has set up 6 committees and has the goal of meeting with everyone involved with the City’s budget including unions, services and representatives. Los Angeles is providing less service for more fees and with less people in the city to do the jobs. The current year budget, which ends in June 2011, is $53 million in the red. The City’s budget for the year starting in July 2011 will be $363 million in the red if not altered. The goal is to address infrastructure problems, create efficiencies by combining services, establish an organized effort to collect fees and restructuring.
Los Angeles is currently planning its 2011-2012 budget and wants your input. The Los Angeles Budget Challenge is online and is a interactive tool and allows you to share concerns about potential budget balancing measures and priorities.
The official link to the Los Angeles Budget Survey Challenge is: LABudgetChallenge.lacity.org.
The Mayor has been very receptive and is supplying staff for this effort. The budget committee is expected to release a report of their findings and recommendations early in March. The Mayor is expected to announce his budget at the end of March.
Reports from Committees
8.1 PPCC rep to Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board, Jennifer Malaret
The Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board has openings for a 12 month term. Anyone interested in joining the Board can obtain an interest form from Jennifer or the Park Director.
Items that were discussed for repair and/or replacement are:
1. Tinting of the circular window in the new gym
2. Repairing the air conditioner in the new gym
3. New curtains in the small gym
The Board is working with parties interested in planning a resource event for seniors at the park.
A suggested loading zone in front of the small gym is being considered but there are major issues involving Fire Department restrictions.
The chain link fence was installed to secure the baseball fields by the permit holders to prevent further vandalism and prohibit use of the fields. 11 out of 15 people who spoke about the new fence were against it. The approximate $55,000 annual cost of maintaining the field is paid for by the permit holders (Pacific Palisades Community Center Committee; funded by the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association 80% and AYSO 20%). The field is unlocked from 9am to 9pm and people are excluded from using the field during the locked times. Scheduled organized sports/activities have priority during open hours.
8.2 YMCA Committee Update- Richard Cohen
They are scheduling a meeting with YMCA and the Temescal Canyon Assoc. to discuss what the plan for the YMCA land should be.
11. Public Comments: Stuart Muller said that the Park is not living up to its original mandate to provided expanded programs for people of all ages. He said that the room being proposed for the police facility was originally intended to be the Rec Center's Main office, but design flaws prevented this. Muller expressed concern that the Upper Picnic Area is now being referred to as the "Upper Athletic Field" and a 4 foot fence is being contemplated for the area.
Voting Members in Attendance: Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Cathy Russell, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, , Jennifer Malaret, Robert Baker, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Andrew Wolfberg, Jamie Schloss, Joyce Brunelle, Geoff Sheldon, Susan Orenstein, Richard Wulliger, Chris Spitz, Amy Kalp, Aurelia Friedman, Trish Bowe
MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 10th, 2011
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Jim Rea, Barbara Marinacci, Schuyler Dietz, Christy Dennis
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission - Jim Rea read the mission statement.
2. Call to Order – Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Introductions of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a quorum was present.
4. Adoption of the Minutes- Joyce Brunelle moved and Andrew Wolfberg seconded that the minutes from the January 27, 2011 meeting be adopted with the correction by Amy Kelp that she asked the status of the Black and White in the Palisades in addition to the detail unit that's supposed to look into the motorcycle problem. The motion passed unanimously with the correction.
5. Consideration of the Agenda- The Chair considered the agenda.
6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of February 9, 9011, there is $3,088.72 in the checking account; $18,131.33 in the Smith Barney CD’s and $0.00 in the Post Office deposit for a total of $21,220.05.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1 Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is February 24, 2011.
7.1.2 City Council/Finance Committee Town Meeting in Northridge - The Chair reported that she presented PPCC's letter and motion opposing the sale of City Parking Meters and Garages in person to the City Council Budget and Finance Committee. They told her they were not in favor of selling the Parking Meters.
7.1.3 Planning Seminar- Reforming City’s Development Review Process on February 16, 2011 at the Felicia Manhood Center. Reforming might mean less control; it is important that Homeowners’ Associations attend as these proposed changes could directly affect them. Please get the word out.
7.2 Announcements from Government Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s office- Joaquin Macias- Portrero Canyon ground breaking for the first phase will take place on February 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. near the canyon entrance and Pacific Coast Highway. The first phase includes filling of the canyon and establishing berms planted with sea grass near Pacific Coast Highway.
Information on a seminar for the new septic tank ordinance will be emailed.
7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore not in attendance.
8. Reports from Committees
8.1 Christy Dennis, chair of the Pacific Palisades Community Council Newsletter Committee, announced that the members of the committee are Barbara Kohn, Kathy Rolle, Cathy Russell, Haldis Toppel, and Janet Turner. She plans to have the Newsletter in mailboxes between April 4th and April 8th. An effort will be made to correct all addresses and include apartments.
Please submit any news that can be included, especially news that can be useful - how tos, useful phone numbers or other good community information.
8.2 Ted Mackie said Golden Spark Plug nominations are due by March 5, 2011 not March 1, 2011 as published in the Palisades Post.
8.3 Christy Dennis will coordinate with the Palisades Post on the joint Citizen of the Year award and Golden Sparkplug award to get the word out about the dinner on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The Post plans two more articles to announce nominations for the Golden Sparkplug as well as publicize the event. Please plan on attending so we can recognize these special individuals. Please note: This event will replace our regular PPCC meeting.
8.4 Item is tabled this week.
8.5 Land Use Committee- CFF Ordinance update- Malaret, Spitz. The CFF Ordinance- 80% of the Commissioners supported the CFF Ordinance, but a quorum was not represented, therefore it will go to the City Council and require 10 out of 15 votes for passage.
10. New Business
10.1 Survey L.A. - Survey L.A. is the citywide survey to identify and document historic resources. It's goals and objectives were presented by Lester Probst. In January 2012, Survey L.A. is coming to Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and other Westside locations. In the meantime they are taking submissions of sites that would be appropriate to be considered to be a historic locations in the City of Los Angeles. It is important that as much advanced information is submitted as possible such as building history, year built, architecture, and activity that occurred there to make it an historic building. For more information contact Janet Hansen at (213) 978-1191 or by Email at email@example.com. Visit the website at www.Surveyla.org. To be a volunteer, contact Rita Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 978-1192.
9. Old Business
9.1 Proposed Apartments for 17130 Sunset Blvd. Chris Spitz set forth the background for the proposed apartments for 17130 Sunset Blvd. and the Land Use Committee (LUC) backing of a focused EIR (Environmental Impact Report) requirement. The main issues of the project that concerns the LUC are traffic and the geological stability.
Jack Allen presented a 13 page report and read some of the geological and traffic issues contained within that make a case for insisting that an EIR be prepared for this project. The project is approximately 84,000 sq. ft., 6 buildings ranging in height from approx. 30 feet to 60 feet. It involves dirt removal, is located on an active landslide and has ground water underneath.
The geotechnical engineer for the project at 17030 W. Sunset Blvd., Sassan Salehipour, declared that the issues of landslide would be mitigated. Underground streams were non-existent and a drainage system would address any water issues.
Earl Ellis, an attorney, spoke as the developer's representative. He rebutted that the height of the building is only 47 ft. not 57 ft. as the other part is underground. The project is considered to have only 3 buildings verses 6 because they are so close together and are considered as only one building. The soil removing trips would be 925 counting one in and one out. Other items that were not address were due to the time line and will be solved as they occur. The City has many requirements for the project and a lot of geotechnical information is available including site evaluation. The mitigated negative declaration is more than 100 pages long. Improvements include more than 100 pilings under the buildings, driveway improvement and a sewer will be developed.
Jean Rosenfeld representing Malibu Village, 29 private properties below the project, stated their concern and need to be included with ongoing information.
Jennifer Malaret, as Area 3 representative she overall supports the project for her Area, but the position of the land use committee is to require a focused EIR that concentrates on traffic and geological issues. The February 14, 2011 deadline necessitates the need for the motion tonight.
MOTION Jack Allen moved and Dick Wulliger seconded that the Community Council urges that an Environmental Impact Report be prepared for 17030 Sunset Boulevard project.
THE MOTION PASSED WITH 14 VOTES IN FAVOR, 1 OPPOSED AND 1 ABSTENTION
9.2 Bike Racks for the Village Chris Spitz for LUC presented their recommended locations for the bike racks.
PPCC LUC Recommended Bike Rack Approval
31 Flavors (rear of building only per LUC; use private funds/grants money as necessary0
SE corner of Antioch (2racks or 1 extended rack, preferred)*
Benton’s Monument side, (1 rack)
NW corner shop currently vacant, across Swarthmore from Benton’s Monument side (1rack)*
Panda, Monument side (2racks or 1 extended rack, preferred)*
NW corner w/ Sunset, Chase Bank, La Cruz side (1 rack)
W of SW corner w/Sunset, Pharmaca, La Cruz side (1 rack)*
VIA DE LA PAZ
On parkway in red zone, south of driveway to Palisades Elementary (2 racks or 1 extended rack, preferred)*
E side, between Marquez and alley- closest to the alley (1 rack)*
*indicates sites proposed by LUC; other sites proposed by the City/Palisades Cares
Additional LUC recommendations:
All bike racks shall be the standard U-shaped racks
The bike rack program shall be evaluated one year after installation by PPCC and Palisades Cares
Marie Steckmast, for Palisades Cares, presented the locations approved by LA City DOT and Palisades Cares.
Locations15200 W. Sunset (Chase Bank)
15215 W. Sunset (Citi Bank) ok with En Route Travel
15209 W. Sunset (Panda Express)
15300 W. Sunset (Starbucks)
1038 Swarthmore (Benton’s)
1026 Swarthmore (Baskin Robbins) at breezeway
1017 Swarthmore (Madison)
970 Monument (Prestige Cleaners)
15301 Antioch (Petit Ami)
15231 La Cruz (Sabrina Nails
15233 La Cruz (Palisades Garden Café)
16630 Marquez (Knoll’s Pharmacy)
16642 Marquez (Ronny’s Market and Liquor)
Facts that support the above locations are 1) A DOT double blind study found that most popular locations for bike racks were coffee shops and 2) DOT attempts to place racks within 50 feet of the establishment and where it makes sense.
The goal is for people to use bike racks and then there will be less clutter on the streets. If she needs to move trash bins to make room for the bike racks, then she will.
Jack Allen said that there are no provisions in the General Plan for bike racks. In general, if the bike rack is out of sight, it is out of mind. Bike racks should be on Sunset in front of the Post Office, in front of 31 Flavors, Bentons and PaliSkates.
February 10, 2011 – MOTION
Bike Rack Locations, Commercial Village and Marquez – Chris Spitz, George Wolfberg and Stuart Muller. Upon motion by Chris Spitz, seconded by Gil Dembo, the Council approved the following resolution:
PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL (PPCC) RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE PPCC LAND USE COMMITTEE (LUC) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BIKE RACK LOCATIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL VILLAGE AND MARQUEZ BUSINESS DISTRICT –
Whereas the City of Los Angeles (the City) and Palisades Cares have proposed a program for the installation of bike racks in certain locations in the Commercial Village and Marquez Business District.
Whereas LUC members have extensively investigated all proposed and potential locations; have compared treatment of bike racks in Brentwood, Venice and Santa Monica Canyon; have taken and reviewed photographs and have considered other written materials and analyses related to bike rack locations; have thoroughly discussed the relevant issues at two committee meetings lasting over 2 ½ hours in total; and have participated in lengthy additional communications on the subject.
Whereas in considering the merits of proposed and potential locations LUC members have endeavored to consider PPCC’s obligations to the community at large; to take into account the desires of local merchants whenever possible and reasonable; and to balance the worthy goals of promoting bicycle riding and convenience to riders, when necessary and appropriate, with the need to prevent blight, clutter, congestion and unsafe conditions and to protect streetscape aesthetics, the Sunset Blvd. scenic highway and the Specific Plan.
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the PPCC approves the locations for bike racks recommended by the LUC as set forth in the attached list, “PPCC LUC Recommended Bike Rack Approvals As of February 7, 2011,” and further requests the following:
All bike racks shall be the standard U-shaped racks;
The bike rack program shall be evaluated by PPCC and Palisades Cares one year after installation.
The motion passed with 10 votes in favor; 4 opposed and 2 abstentions.
11. Public Comment: Andrew Wolfberg reported that there was a house fire on Kingmen with Los Angeles City firefighters responding for a property located in the City of Santa Monica ( only house on the street not in the City of Los Angeles). He questioned the use of LA City funds for a Santa Monica City fire, given the budget crisis.
Stuart Muller emphasize that we need to be aware of the placement of items on our city streets such as trash cans, bike racks, etc. to avoid a cluttered undesirable appearance.
The Meeting was adjourned at 9:01p.m.
MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 24th, 2011
Voting Members in Attendance: Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Cathy Russell, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Jennifer Malaret, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Joyce Brunelle, Geoff Shelden, Richard Wulliger, Chris Spitz, Mary Cole
Non-Voting Members in Attendance and Alternates: Norma Spak, Steve Boyers, Barbara Marinacci, Andrew Wolfberg, Schuyler Dietz
1. Reading of Community’s Council Mission- Jennifer Malaret read the mission statement.
2. Call to Order- Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Introductions of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a quorum was present.
4. Treasurer’s Report- The Treasurer reported that as of February 24, 2011, there is $3,088.72 in the checking account; $18,131.33 in the Smith Barney CD’s and $0.00 in the Post Office deposit for a total of $21,220.05.
5. Adoption of the Minutes- Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Stuart Muller seconded that the minutes from the February 10, 2011 meeting be adopted with the correction by Jack Allen
"Jack Allen said that there are provisions in the Village Specific Plan for bike racks. However, he was opposed to some of the proposed locations recommended by the Committee because it was unlikely that bike riders would use the racks. They were not in front of stores so "out of sight, out of mind". Such locations were any bike racks on the west side of Monument. Such racks would be more effective if located in front of the Post Office and the Subway, in front of 31 Flavors, Benton and PaliSkates. He also asserted that bike racks would enhance Sunset Blvd. giving it a tonier look. He thought placing a bike rack near the school driveway on Via de la Paz would not work and if anything encourage jaywalking to the YMCA."
The motion passed unanimously with the correction.
6. Consideration of the Agenda- The Chair considered the Agenda. A time limit will be set on each major topic from now on. The set time will be divided into parts; 1/3 for topic presentation, 1/3 for questions and 1/3 for discussion. Not every presenter will be given the same amount of time. This will be done in a fair manner. This will encourage everyone to be brief, a minute or less with the timer running. It is hoped that this will encourage a lively discussion without any calling out.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is March 10, 2011.
7.1.2 A Code of Conduct or Code of Civility is being proposed as an addition to PPCC's standing rules. A committee has been formed consisting of Jennifer Malaret, Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Richard Cohen and Harry Sondheim as Chair. They will have a proposed draft by the end of June.
7.1.3 Report from the Planning Development Reform Forum- the Chair attended a meeting for Develop Reform with the Planning Department designed to hear suggestions for improvement for the planning process. Many other Community Council and Homeowner representatives were there. You can still share your ideas about Development Reform with the Planning Department by going to www.surveymk.com/s/DevelopmentReform
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore- Not too much crime in the Palisades. There was a burglary on Enchanted Way with an arrest made. The response time was an issue. A citation was issued for a dog off lease at Rustic Canyon Park. A woman was robbed in front of CVS pharmacy. It involved purse snatching and as of yet, no suspect.
7.2.2 Councilman Rosendahl,s office- Joaquin Macias-The Portrero Canyon groundbreaking took place earlier today and Certificates of Appreciation were issued to all current members of PCCAC, many of whom are past or present members of PPCC. Those present at the groundbreaking were George Wolfberg, Rob Weber, Stuart Muller. Those not present at the groundbreaking were Gil Dembo, Carl Mellinger, Susan Nash, Norma Spak and Chris Spitz.
The Vons remodel is proceeding as scheduled including the redesign of parking lot for better ingress and egress. The Waldorf School is currently working on the signal installation at Los Liones and Sunset.
The Pacific Palisades Community Council Board extends an invitation to Councilman Rosendahl to attend our first meeting in May 2011.
10.0 New Business
10.1 PPCC Membership Contribution- the proposal is to increase the membership contribution to $25 for individuals/families and $50 for businesses. The current contribution is $15 and $30 respectively.
Community Council expenses include Sparkplug dinner, Christmas pot luck, parade car, rent for library, administrative expenses and the major expense, $8,000 for the newsletter. An exact breakdown will be provided by Ted Mackie at the next meeting. Richard Cohen stated that the issue is the return from the newsletter has failed to exceed the cost of the newsletter in the last few years. We are concerned about the long term financial solvency of this organization.
Discussion that followed centered on
1. Brentwood Community Council cannot afford to send a newsletter; BCC has a different business model than PPCC. They rely on dues only from member organizations, not from the community where as PPCC relies on dues from the community. In order to raise funds BCC has to do advertising on their website. For PPCC this might caused some loss of being an independent forum.
2. We are never able to calculate a projection of our revenue. We ask for contributions in our Newsletter twice a year. In the past many checks have exceed the membership contribution amount, but this past year we did not get a good return.
3. Temescal Canyon Association (TCA) has a $5 membership amount and usually gets $20.
4. Peter Fisher suggested setting up a PayPal system.
Janet Turner stated that she is expecting a grant from the Women’s Club with expenditure going first toward the website and the excess could go to the set up of PayPal.
Ted Mackie stated that the newsletter broke even, but not enough to cover the council’s expenses for the year.
MOTION Richard Cohen moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that
The Pacific Palisades Community Council membership contribution be increased from $15 for individuals/families and $25 for businesses to $25 for individuals/families and $50 for businesses.
The motion passed with one abstention.
10.2 No Cell Phone Drive Zone Signs- Aaron Marks presented his community project idea of creating a no cell phone drive zone on Sunset Boulevard between Palisades Drive and Capri. His plan is to have approximately 6 signs reminding drivers that talking on a hand held cell phone while driving is against the law. To promote his project, Aaron has gathered 100 pledge signatures, made flyers and sample signs.
The size of the proposed signs are 12 x 18 inches and it is not known whether they conform with City laws. There are rules about signs on a scenic highway (Sunset) that might prohibit such signs. Any signs would be subject to the rules regarding signs on scenic highways.
Steve Boyers thought that it was a good idea. Richard Cohen reminded us that the signs that said Welcome to the Palisades was voted down by the Board on numerous occasions. He understands that the no cell phone law is not being followed, and understands our need to express our concern on this issue.
Marguerite Perkins Mautner is in favor of no cell phones while driving, but wondered if the signs in and of themselves might be a distraction. Joyce Brunelle is in favor of the signs. Chris Spitz felt that the suggestion is appropriate and should be looked at by the sign committee. She also commended Aaron Marks for his effort.
Paul Glasgall felt that this is a similar issue to the wearing of seatbelts, and that there is not enough enforcement. Joaquin Macias suggested the renting out of telephone poles for signs temporarily. Andrew Wolfberg suggested that the issue go to our sign committee, and that Aaron Marks be involved. The Chair asked Harry Sondheim if the Beautiful Palisades Committee would take this on. Harry Sondheim agreed.
10.3 Triathlon October 23, 2011- David Card, Rotary Club- The Junior Triathlon is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club with most of the proceeds benefiting the students at Palisades Charter High School. The street closures will not impact any major routes with the event scheduled to last from approximately 7:30 am to 10:00 am on October 23rd. The route starts and ends on the Palisades High School Campus and goes through the adjacent neighborhood. This event will be supportive of the Chamber of Commerce Expo Fair and will coordinate with the fair set up. It is expected to start at 8 am and take about 2 hours for the slowest people. It will be a mini reversed triathlon – running, biking and then swimming. Permission papers from the residents affected by the race will be signed with at least a 50% approval rate needed to go forward. Road closures, permits and security are in the works. Route maps were provided.
Currently no stations are being planned for, but if there is one it would probably be on the Bluffs. The Bureau of Street Services will be blocking streets prior to race as early as 6:30 am. They will be dropping off equipment at key spots. The cars will have to be moved off route streets on the day of race; and this will be enforced.
Will people be land locked on day of race? The residents will not be able to drive unless it is an emergency. Emergency vehicles will have passage. Notification will be by fliers.
W2 is the race promoter and considered to be a good one (Jennifer Malaret). Also, it is a safety issue if cars are parked on course during race, they will have to be towed.
Harry Sondheim wanted residents along the race route to know what they are getting into. They need to be informed prior to the race that there will be no parking on the street and no coming and going.
Harry Sondheim moved and Steve Boyers seconded that
The Community Council of Pacific Palisades approves the triathlon promoted by the Rotary Club provided that the residents along the race route give at least 50% approval with the knowledge that there will be no parking on the street and no coming and going during the event.
The motion passed unanimously.
9. Old Business
9.1 Beautiful Palisades Committee- Banner Blight on Sunset-This committee was set up because there was concern about the signage on Sunset Boulevard. So far Palisades High School and the YMCA have been very cooperative, but there is a need to address others on this issue. A permit is needed for signs (LA City Ordinance) even if it is a non-profit when there is a commercial use. Religious organizations will be contacted.
Joyce Brunelle stated that the Chamber of Commerce puts up signs on Sunset at Palisades Drive and Temescal for activities related to the Community.
If it is for commercial purposes, there are no exemptions- not for schools or the Chamber. This must be for all of Sunset; if it involves raised funds then it is commercial. This just deals with Sunset Boulevard.
If the purpose of the sign is non commercial it is fine and no permit is needed. But if it is for money then a permit is needed.
Richard Cohen commended Harry Sondheim for his work on this. It reduces blight. The business community should have a permit for signs and we support the specific plan so it is important that we control signs.
Steve Boyers, a member of the committee, stated that this is an ongoing process and no rush to judgment. There is ample opportunity for dialogue and to inform the organizations about the signs on Sunset.
Janet Turner asked for an informal raising of hands to support Harry Sondheim and his committee to talk with religious organizations to keep inappropriate signs off Sunset. Harry plans on attending the interfaith council to present this.
Show of hands indicated that the majority supports the committee to approach religious organizations to discuss the signage issue.
8. Reports From Committees
8.1 LUC Committee –ABC’s and Hot Topics for 3-3-2011
Chris Spitz said that anyone on the Board is invited to attend the LUC meeting with 24 hour advanced notice. The next meeting is at noon on March 3, 2011.
8.2 Golden Sparkplug Nomination Committee- Ted Mackie is still seeking nomination for the Golden Sparkplug Award. Currently, there are 3 nominations in; two of them are for the same activity.
11. General Public Comment
11.1 Janet Turner said that Jack Allen is recovering from emergency surgery. The Board sent him a get well card.
11.2 Stuart Muller- Blight on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Portrero going west on water tank- Water tank will be removed by contractor.
11.3 WRAC will have a meeting where Mayor Villaragosa will be the speaker and will be available to answer question about the budget. This will be held at the Felicia Manhood Center in West Los Angeles on March 29, 2011 from 7-9 pm.
Please vote in the upcoming election.
Adjourned 8:33 pm.
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission. George Wolfberg read the Community Council’s Mission.
MINUTES FOR MARCH 10th, 2011
2. Voting members: Harry Sondheim, Richard Wulliger, Barbara Kohn, Allie Friedman, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Haldis Toppel, Janet Turner, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, Marguerite Perkins, Paul Glasgall, Steve Boyers, Jack Allen, Gil Dembo, Geoff Shelden, Amy Kalp
Non-voting members: Jim Rea, Kurt Toppel, Flo Elfant, Christy Dennis, Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Barbara Marinacci,
Presenters: Jay Handal, Brentwood, Erich Haas, Rec&Parks, Michael Moore, LAPD, Jane Albrecht, Friends of the Pool.
3. Certification of Quorum - 13 voting members required. Janet Turner certified that we have a quorum.
4. Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported that there was a checking account balance of $4,192.72 and aggregate funds on hand of $22,324.05. . Relative to the Motion last week to increase PPCC Membership fees, Ted has placed financial information on the PPCC website that give some of the detailed information that Board Members had asked about. Christy Dennis reported that an announcement regarding the Board’s finances would be made in the upcoming newsletter.
5. Adoption of Minutes – February 24, 2011. Steve Boyer called the motion. Harry Sondheim seconded. Unanimously approved. Jack Allen abstained.
6. Consideration of Agenda
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1. Announcements from the Chair
The next meeting is March 24, 2011.
New Committee –"Multiple Approvals Procedural Revisions Committee" will look at the Planning Dept.'s proposed Code amendment. Jack Allen has been appointed as the Chair.
Reminder WRAC Town Hall March 29, 2011. This meeting was cancelled because the Mayor will be in Washington DC.
Warning to those who appear at Public Hearings. The PPCC has been advised that the City Clerk makes names and addresses of speakers available on the Internet via a link. Janet Turner offered Board Members to use the PPCC PO Box rather than a home address. Jay Handal reported that you can inform the Sergeant that you wish to speak and you will be allowed to do so without filling out a speaker card.
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias. (1) The Septic Tank Ordinance is 3/24/11. (2) Community discussions regarding a dog park are continuing relative to an appropriate dog park location and Rosendahl’s office will be looking into Prop. K or other funding sources for the dog park. (3) Potrero had its ground breaking. First phase will take a year to complete; we are waiting for traffic light sign-offs. The entire project is expected to be completed in 5 years and the first phase is at the mouth of the canyon. (4) The City will be doing a sweep for homeless encampments sometime in April using a group of City agencies who will attempt to relocate the homeless. Notice will be given to the homeless a few days prior and the operation is expected to be quiet. (5) Rustic Canyon Park had a meeting with the Prop. K team and General Services. They should be scheduled to start remaining Prop. K improvements beginning in 7 weeks – irrigation, shoring up access road and cement work. This phase is expected to be completed in 2 months. (6) Gil Dembo asked about Rosendahl’s position on LAX and there would be follow up on this issue.
7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – deferred until later in the meeting.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Jennifer Malaret, PPCC rep to PAB. Jennifer reported that the Prop K irrigation project on the upper field area is moving along as previously approved by the LVNOC and Park Advisory Board. The Park Advisory Board held a special public meeting on 3/9/11 to approve the safety barrier proposed by Rec. & Parks. The PAB voted unanimously to recommend that the safety barrier be made of the same material used for the existing playground enclosure.
7.3.2 Historical Society Announcement - Dick Wulliger spoke regarding the upcoming program (“Randy Young and the Mysteries of Murphy Ranch”) that will be offered on 03-14-11 at 7 PM in the Theater Palisades. Admission is free and the public was encouraged to attend.
8. Reports From Committees
8.1 Golden Sparkplug Committee - Announce Award Winners – Ted Mackie announced that Keith Turner and Barbara Marinacci have been selected
8.2 LUC Committee – Barbara Kohn reported that the next LUC meting is 12 PM at 3/17/11 meeting. All Board members are welcome to attend and provide input on the bike rack situation and that this discussion will begin at 12:30. Representatives from PRIDE will be attending. Any interested Board members should RSVP to Chris Spitz and Jennifer Malaret 24 hours prior to the start of the LUC meeting, please.
8.3 – Take the state of California budget challenge.
8.4 - DWP second motion – Jack Allen nothing to report at this time.
9. Old Business
9.1. Police Response Time - Haldis Toppel reported that her home was victimized as a home invasion/burglary of which the details are not the subject of the PPCC meeting. What is relevant is that it took the LAPD over one hours to respond to a burglary in process with the burglar in the home. The events that caused the delay are well within current LAPD deployment policy. The delay was caused by lack allocated of resources in our area. We want to reach back to the promise made 2 years ago by Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger that resources are available to have a car located in the Palisades 24/7/365. However, due to lack of allocated resources to the West Los Angeles area, the basic car does indeed leave the area frequently and was not in the area to respond to the burglary in progress. This is long-standing concern within the community. Haldis recommends that a letter be sent to the Chief of Police because this is not a local situation that can be corrected by the West Los Angeles area commander. She believes it must be elevated to the top of the police department to make changes in the allocation policy which is primarily based on crime statistics. We must consider that the Palisades is an isolated community without surrounding areas from which a back-up car can be called. Haldis suggests that the PPCC support the writing of a letter insisting on 24/7/365 police protection – not just the assignment of the car to this area, but the actual presence of a car in the Palisades. This may require a change in the LAPD allocation policy and an increase in the allocation of additional personnel resources to the West Los Angeles area. Haldis Toppel read the proposed Motion. (see attached) Harry Sondheim seconded the Motion. Discussion: Janet Turner reported that she spoke with Capt. Nathan who said that events on the day of the Toppel’s robbery only had 5 cars in service instead of the usual 7. Richard Cohen confirmed the prior promise and expressed that he will vote for the motion. Richard observed that COM stat (the system by which resources are allocated) is very dear to the police department and the reason that we get so few resources to WLA is that we have so few crimes proportionately. That is a reason to support sending the letter. Richard recommends that Councilman Rosendahl’s office also be contacted. Richard is suggesting a political effort through the CD-11 Office may be needed. Gil Dembo asked about the boundaries of the Palisades area covered by Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore – the ocean to Mulholland and the city limit to Mandeville Canyon. Gil observed that it is a very large and difficult area to traverse. Harry Sondheim expressed sending copies of the letter also to both Assistant Commander Paysinger and Captain Nathan so that they are advised in writing of the PPCC’s current position. Christy Dennis advocated copying everyone that we can and use the journalists in the room to publicize this issue (or hold a news conference to accomplish the same). Paul Glasgall cautioned against characterizing the issue in terms of seven cars because there are a lot more police cars (traffic, detective, investigative, etc.) out there on the streets. Paul gave examples of where different divisions in our area have backed each other up. George Wolfberg asked about the example of the New Year’s Eve suicide where three cars and five officers were assigned to monitor the investigation of a suicide near a public street and questioned about how that staffing worked out relative to these officers being taken away from crimes in progress. George Wolfberg has talked to LAPD Chief Beck about how the Palisades is an “isolated community” and that the LAPD is aware of this. Jay Handal explained that the number of allocated officers and cars to a community will not provide a true indication of actual staffing and cars present in that community at all times. The PPCC voted to pass the Motion unanimously. (see attached motion)
Following the vote, Janet Turner reported that WLAPD believes our private patrol are additional resources to them and she feels this is almost like a penalty to our community because we pay for private protection. Janet suggested to Capt. Nathan and Norman Kulla that LAPD patrol vehicles have GPS systems such as the private systems who have a GPS monitoring of their cars and that the LAPD system could alert them to the issue that there are areas of the City that remain unprotected. Steve Boyers expressed that this is a regular problem and that it is time for us to be a squeaky wheel. Steve advocated forming a committee or using our resources to push this issue. Janet asked the Council Office for assistance with obtaining the deployment statistics and the presence of a patrol vehicle in the Palisades. i.e., the last three months of deployment statistics thatare sent to Rosendahl’s office already. Christy Dennis advocated that the evaluation of these statistics must be done before moving forward with the letter.
9.2 Police Facility in the Park – Haldis Toppel introduced the subject by summarizing the last two years of discussions on this topic. Rec. and Park made the facility available to LAPD to write reports and conduct administrative tasks that would otherwise require the LAPD officers to drive outside of our community to the West Los Angeles Police Station in order to perform such tasks. We would like to keep the patrol officers in town by providing a facility. Erich Hass, Park Director, spoke about how this proposal was brought to him in April, 2008. Since that time, more than 20 incidents of vandalism have been documented and that some of these reports are serious. Erich said that having a police facility at the Park would benefit the community and the park because the offenders would not know when the police were on site or showing up. Erich said that putting the entrance in the big gym was a form of community policing – the police are there, they are visible, available to the community for questions and visibility is beneficial. Michael Moore stated that he agreed with Erich’s concerns and that locating the facility here would encourage the officers to spend some time at the Park in addition to going there for a specific call. Michael said that the most important thing is that the park is asking LAPD to be there and wants the LAPD presence, so it is a win-win situation. Haldis Toppel read the Motion (attached). Jack Allen seconded the Motion. Discussion: Richard asked if the facility would be taking resources away from residential areas and putting them in the park. Senior Lead Officer, Michael Moore, responded that this will not be the case. Stuart Muller stated that he is not against the police presence in the Palisades or in the Park. He stated the opinion that every publicly owned piece of property in Pacific Palisades has a certain function and use and its use should be vetted and approved by the community. Stuart had three specific objections to the proposed Motion: (1) use of the big gym’s entrance for an LAPD facility was never noticed, vetted or approved by the community, (2) PPCC’s prior approval was based on location of the LAPD facility in the office and not in the entrance area of the big gym (which was designated as an art element) and (3) there have been no updated efforts in the last two years to explore other viable City property in which to locate the LAPD facility.
Park Park Director Erich Haas stated that the “office” is the only available storage area for gym and park equipment. Erich Haas and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore along with Captain De La Torre initially evaluated an area behind the stage in the small gym, area which does not have telephone or windows and is hidden away and was found to be not suitable. Erich does not believe that locating the LAPD facility in the entrance to the new gym will take anything away from the entrance, it meets the fire codes and the LAPD has agreed that the entrance is a good location. Stuart Muller recommended having a community meeting about the new location. Kurt Toppel reported that the money from the American Legion was based on a thorough review of alternative locations (Chamber, Library, Fire Department, etc.) and that there is no reasonable alternative location. Kurt pointed out that these issues have all been discussed before and that he believes Stuart voted in favor of this proposal before. Harry Sondheim asked about the LAPD facility being part of the original construction plans for the new gym and there was disagreement on this point between Kurt and Stuart. A discussion was had about the current use of the space in the entrance to the new gym. Marguerite Perkins and Barbara Kohn wanted to be assured that there would be enough room for the facility and the public. Erich Haas stated there would be sufficient room. Paul Glasgall asked about prior concerns involving security, light and functionality. Michael Moore responded that he believes these concerns are satisfied by the new plans. Erich Haas did not have the plans available but orated his understanding of the details. The Motion passed, with 1 vote against and 2 abstentions.
10. New Business
10.1 – Multiple Approvals Ordinance – Jack Allen thanked the Board for their recent well wishes. Jack reported that the Planning Department is seeking to revise the Zoning Code to streamline multiple approvals for large projects in one sitting. Jack has no problem with the basics of the Ordinance meaning clarifying and streamlining the procedure. But the problem is cutting down the time frames for permitting. Currently, an applicant has to fulfill conditions within 24 months or get an extension. The Ordinance proposes to extend the time to 3 years and extending existing approvals for another 3 years on top of that. Jack cited an EIR that is approved based on conditions and certain conditions. Then changes are introduced 2 years later or 4 years later when someone wants a new permit or application. Jack’s basic objection is to all of these extensions, including the possibility that the City Council can provide additional extensions up to six years during which time projects can sit as eyesores. Jack reported that there is a CPC meeting on 3/23/11. Richard recalled the 83-unit condo project on Tramanto where there were significant changes and that this is a good example of why the Board should support Jack’s efforts in opposing the extension of time limits. Richard Wulliger also raised concerns about applicants who obtain permits, develop nothing and then sell the entitlements.
10.2 – JWC Grant: The Chair thanked Christy Dennis for writing a grant extended her appreciation to the Junior Women’s Club for donating PPCC $1,250 towards expanding its website which Janet would like to see as interactive (emails, community input, community polls) in order for the town to know more about the PPCC and get more involved. Jim Rea stated that these tools are available for free or at a very small fee; however, there are intangible costs for putting content forward (system can be there and volunteerism is not). Jim thinks it is great to have the funds and would like to propose putting together a committee with the following functions: a process of clearly defining functionality of the website (polls, blogging, forums), identify the administrative costs (start up and on going) and identify where the volunteer resources will come from. Janet Turner stated that the Outreach Committee could address these concerns and added Jim Rea to the committee. Janet Turner is sending out reports using email and Face book.
10.3 PPCC Newsletter: Janet Turner thanked Christy Dennis for working so diligently on the Newsletter and for her many long hours of dedication to this production.
11. General Public Comment
Jay Handal, Citywide Chair of Budget Advocates for NC’s attended the meeting to distribute the final results of the City’s Budget Survey. Jay noted that WLA is pretty consistent with most of the City. Jay invited the Board to attend the Regional Budget Day on March 12, 2011 from 9-12 PM downtown. The Budget Advocates will not put their report forward until meeting with the Mayor on 3/17/11 and 3/18/11 when they are on the City Council Agenda at 10 AM. BudgetAdvocatesla.com is the website. BudgetAdvocates@aol.com will be the email address for comments. Generally speaking, Jay feels that the electeds have no plan and no will power to get things done. Between $700 million to a billion in items written off or inefficiencies that have not been acted on.
Jane Albrecht announced that Sunday April 10th: from 4-7 PM there will be a Wine Festival at Gladstone’s for the benefit of the Friends of the Temescal Pool. Radio Station 104.3 FM will be the media event sponsor.
12. Adjournment. Janet Turner adjourned the meeting at 8:37 PM.
Motion (9.2 LAPD Facility): Motion
Whereas only one LAPD patrol car is assigned to Pacific Palisades
Whereas the single patrol car must leave the area and return to the West LA Police station in order to file administrative reports, leaving Pacific Palisades without police presents and protection for an extended period of time
Whereas an LAPD facility in Pacific Palisades will allow officers to perform administrative functions locally and will therefore increase their presence in the community.
Whereas the Palisades Park facilities and ground suffer from repeated and damaging vandalism
Whereas the presence of LAPD in the park is expected to deter vandalism and other crimes in the park
Whereas the construction of an LAPD facility at the new gym has been funded by the American Legion
Therefore PPCC supports the installation of an LAPD facility in the entranceway of the new gym and urges LAPD and Rec&Parks to allocate the resources to provide the administrative support necessary to facilitate the construction and implementation of the LAPD facility to LAPD specifications.
Motion (9.1 Police Response Time):
Whereas on February 26, 2009, at the regularly scheduled PPCC Board meeting, Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger assured our community that sufficient patrol officers are assigned to this area so that the Palisades Basic Patrol Car would never have to leave the Palisades 24/7, 365 days a year,
Whereas Pacific Palisades is an isolated community without adjacent areas from which to draw backup units,
Whereas currently, the Palisades Basic Patrol Car leaves the Palisades community regularly and therefore the response time to local incidences may be seriously delayed,
Therefore the PPCC requests that the LAPD resource allocations and deployment policies are adjusted to provide 24/7/365 LAPD protection to Pacific Palisades as assured by Assistant Chief Paysinger. The Chair shall send a letter in support of this motion to the LAPD Chief of Police.
Voting Members in Attendance: Executive and Primary: Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russell, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, Gilbert Dembo, Richard Wulliger, Chris Spitz, Aurelia Friedman
MINUTES FOR MARCH 24th, 2011
Voting Alternates: Norma Spak, Steve Cron, Jim Rea, Trish Bowe
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming, Schyler Dietz,
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission Statement-Haldis Toppel read the Mission Statement
2. Call to Order- Janet Turner Called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Introductions of the Board and Audience
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a Quorum was present
4. Treasurer’s Report- The Treasurer reported that as of March 24, 2011, there is $4,424.55 in the checking account; $18,131.32 in the Smith Barney CDs; and $0.00 in the Post Office deposit for a total of $22,555.87. Treasurer’s report is now on the website.
5. Adoption of the Minutes- Stuart Muller moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the Minutes from the March 10, 2011 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.
6. Consideration of the Agenda-The Chair considered the Agenda.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1 Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is April 14, 2011
7.1.2 WRAC update- WRAC leadership voted to send a motion on the stadium and convention center to all NCs and CCs for consideration. PPCC will consider this at our April 14, 2011 meeting.
7.1.3 Website Update- Pay Pal is now on our website with many thanks going to Ted Mackie for hours of work and Andrew Wolfberg for advice. Janet Turner made a donation today on the website and encourages others to do the same. Jim Rea is working on our Blog spot and his enhancement on the web site is due by the end of May.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s office- Joaquin Macias not present
7.2.1 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore is on vacation. Richard Cohen attended the Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) meeting last Tuesday and expressed his concern about the number of police officers assigned to our area. According to Captain Baeza the crime numbers in our area are down. Richard Cohen has voiced his concern about lack of police presence in the Palisades including a private conversation with Captain Baeza about the need for a full time dedicated car to this area, but was not happy with the response. He was told that a car is assigned here every day, for both the day and night shifts. However, a review of actual police response records about a year ago indicated that the Palisades car is here about 70% of the time during the day and much less at night. Former Captain Bill Eaton had instructed the Palisades car not take calls to go outside the Palisades except in extreme emergencies, but now there is a new system in place which permits and requires the Palisades car to leave the area at times. Janet is working politically to get more police presence in the Palisades.
Haldis Toppel acknowledged Richard Cohen’s comments at the CPAB meeting and mentioned that a Los Angeles Times article stated that the City Council determines the number of police officers working for LAPD as part of the budget allocation process. Stuart Muller wanted to know who was responsible for verifying the numbers and was told that Janet was working with Councilman Rosendahl’s office on this.
Janet Turner, Mike Stryer, John Mc Kown and Juan Carillo met with Councilman Rosendahl’s office to discuss motorcycles on Sunset and the new Captain assigned to West Traffic, Captain Brenda Crump. They were told that if the motorcycles are obeying the law, there is nothing they can do. McKown reiterated that many times these motorcycles are speeding and driving recklessly. Joaquin Macias suggested that we consider hiring off-duty police to come on Wednesday nights because of LAPD's budget constraints. This could be tried as a pilot program. Macias with CD 11 is looking into the cost. Marguerite expressed concern about the Palisades Riviera straightaway on Sunset. Andrew Wolfberg felt that hiring officers with private funds is a bad precedent and wondered where the monies collected from the tickets would go.
7.3 Gil Dembo stated that work has begun on the signals at Los Liones
8. Reports from Committees
8.1Golden Sparkplug Dinner Committee-The Golden Sparkplug Dinner is on April 28, 2011 and will cost $47.50 per person, the same as last year. Newsletter is coming out the first weekend in April.
8.2 Budget Committee Report on Regional Budget Day- Attended by Jennifer Malaret; her report read by Jim Rea. Jennifer Malaret attended the Regional Budget Day at City Hall on March 12, 2011 with approximately 60 other neighborhood and community council representatives. Presentations were made by the City Attorney, City Controller, Jay Handal (Chair of the Budget Advocates) and the Commission on Revenue Efficiency. The City got 25,000 hits and almost 10,000 responses to its Budget Survey website during the last five weeks. In our Pacific Palisades 90049, 90272 and 90402 zip codes, 304 people visited the site and 225 completed the surveys; however, only 72 of the 225 people (32%) successfully balanced the budget. On a Regional basis, encompassing West Los Angeles and the West Valley, it was noteworthy that our survey responses generally matched the shared opinions of the Citywide 10,000 responses - given a further point that organized labor was believed to have been a driving force & major factor in the overall number of people who took the on-line survey.
During the West LA breakout session, NC and CC representatives were most concerned about the following four topics: (1) how to use private monies to keep the libraries open and achieve equity in funding all City libraries, (2) advertising in the parks and using parkland as moneymakers through the new partnership division, (3) police and fire personnel cuts should not happen and these two departments should be looking at efficiencies only (there was great concern about brownouts and losing the fire department's ability to be the first responders on scene), (4) Westwood's desire to use the 30/10 (America Fast Forward Plan) to finish the subway and Expo Line, preferably without above-grade crossings, and (5) sufficiency of the City's reserve funds.
You should all know that the Budget Advocate's White Paper Report is now available on-line. To access the full report, entitled "Saving Jobs - Saving Services", go to:
Finally, our budget contact in the Mayor's office, Jennifer Badger, is leaving effective April 1st. Her replacement has not been named. (Note from the Chair. Her replacement is Joe Hari.)
Janet Turner said that one of PPCC's suggestions for making the City money was incorporated in the Budget Advocate's White Paper. That suggestion was about vets collecting dog license fees and it was given to PPCC by Dr. Letochleb’s when PPCC discussed the proposed five dog/five cat ordinance.
9. Old Business
9.1 Code of Civility-Harry Sondheim, Chair, gave background of this assignment. Most neighborhood councils have one and based in one form or another on the D.O.N.E. Code. The committee (Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, Harry, Chris Spitz and Jennifer Malaret) looked at the D.O.N.E. (Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) Code and all available other neighborhood councils’ codes of civility and drafted the motion based on the best parts of all these sources.
Quentin Fleming felt that code was not needed. Janet stated that, as chair, without the code she has no recourse if a board member's misconduct should continually disrupt the PPCC meetings. Richard Cohen explained that the code covers committee meetings as well. Other meetings attended by board members in a public setting should have standards also; Also, this is currently not included in our bylaws or standing rules.
Harry Sondheim moved and Richard Cohen seconded that the following Code of Conduct be adopted:
PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT
All Board members should:
1. Demonstrate courtesy and respect to others while participating in PPCC related matters including meetings and public forums.
2. Prepare in advance of meetings and be familiar with issues on the agenda.
3. Serve as a model of leadership and civility to the community.
4. Inspire public confidence in the Pacific Palisades Community Council.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All Board members shall:
1. Honor the role of the Chair in maintaining order. It is the responsibility of the Chair (including committee Chairs) to keep discussion on track during meetings. Board members shall honor efforts by the Chair to focus discussion on the topic. Board members, as well as the audience, shall only speak when called upon by the Chair and, except for the Chair, shall not interrupt someone who has been called upon by the Chair. However, this shall not preclude Board members from interrupting to make a point of order.
2. Practice civility, professionalism and decorum in discussion and debate. Board members shall not make belligerent, personal, threatening, impertinent, profane or disparaging comments or gestures nor use derogatory language about an individual’s ethnicity, race, sexuality, age, disability or religion.
3. Continue respectful behavior before and after Board meetings. The standard of civility set forth herein is required of Board members at all times when engaging in discussion of PPCC matters wherever and whenever such discussions might take place.
4. Be welcoming, respectful and courteous to members of the public and speakers.
Adopted as of:
March 24, 2011
The motion passed unanimously.
9.2 Bike Racks – Revisited-
9.2 Bike Racks – Revisited - Chris Spitz presented the Land Use Committee (LUC) recommendation for bike rack installations in the public right of way in the commercial village and Marquez. Chris said that LADOT has advised that all racks are permanent once installed. The LUC had a good meeting with Marie Steckmest of Palisades Cares and Jodie Margulies of PRIDE present. Stuart Muller also represented the Design Review Board (DRB). Opinions of all LUC meeting attendees, as well as other opinions expressed by community members and merchants, were considered as to each location. In addition, Chris reported that LUC members visited each site along with representatives of Palisades Cares, PRIDE and DRB; all agree on the recommended locations as set forth in the motion. There is no recommendation at this time for bike racks on Sunset and Antioch. LADOT must approve all recommended locations. The City will pay for the racks. Marie Steckmest has approached Gelsons and CVS for private property bike racks.
9.2 March 24, 2011 – MOTION
Bike Rack Locations, Commercial Village and Marquez – Chris Spitz, George Wolfberg and Stuart Muller. Upon motion by Gil Dembo, seconded by Chris Spitz, the Council approved the following resolution:
PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL (PPCC) RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE PPCC LAND USE COMMITTEE (LUC) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BIKE RACK LOCATIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL VILLAGE AND MARQUEZ BUSINESS DISTRICT –
Whereas PPCC passed a resolution on February 10, 2011, approving certain bike rack locations recommended by the LUC as of February 7, 2011 (the February Resolution).
Whereas, since passage of the February Resolution, the LUC has:
- learned of new, material information bearing upon the recommended bike rack locations, including the fact that LADOT representatives advise that all racks will be permanent once installed;
- conducted additional investigation and considered input from citizens, merchants, and representatives of PRIDE, Palisades Cares, the Design Review Board and the Palisades Village Green; and
- concluded that the list of recommended bike rack locations should be revised as set forth in the attached list entitled “PPCC LUC Recommended Bike Rack Locations As of March 21, 2011.”
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that:
1) PPCC approves the bike rack locations recommended by the LUC as set forth in the attached list entitled “PPCC LUC Recommended Bike Rack Locations As of March 21, 2011”;
2) the February Resolution shall be superseded by this Resolution.
PPCC LUC Recommended Bike Rack Locations
As of March 21, 2011
Swarthmore/So. of Sunset
- Red zone next to Robek’s/Noah’s parking lot (south of Antioch/Swarthmore corner), east side of Swarthmore (1 rack)
- Red zone next to Elyse Walker (south of Antioch/Swarthmore corner), west side of Swarthmore (1 rack) – subject to relocation of Palisadian Post newsstand.
- Red zone next to Benton's (south of Swarthmore/Monument corner), west side of Monument (1 rack)
- Red zone next to old Prince’s Table (north of Swarthmore/Monument corner), west side of Monument (1 rack)
- Red zone next to Panda (north of Sunset/Monument corner), west side of Monument (1 rack) – to be placed in coordination with proposed PRIDE bench and trash can
- Red zone next to Chase Bank (west of Sunset/La Cruz corner), north side of La Cruz (1 rack)
- Red zone next to Pharmaca (west of Sunset/La Cruz corner), south side of La Cruz (1 rack)
- Red zone next to Sabrina Nails (west of alley driveway), north side of La Cruz (1 rack) – subject to placement in a safe and appropriate location relative to the existing vault and driveway
- Red zone next to IDEAS Studio (south of Marquez/Bollinger corner), Bollinger side (1 rack) – to be placed adjacent to stop sign
The motion passes with one abstention.
9.3 Proposed Multiple Purposes Ordinance- Jack Allen attended the Department of Planning meeting for revising the City’s procedures for multiple approvals on the same project. About 20 people attended the hearing. Attendees included the development community which praised the ordinance and a few neighborhood council members who found the measure confusing and favoring development. Parts of the Ordinance are fine which establish clear hierarchy of decision-makers and “one project, one hearing officer” The problem with the ordinance is that it extends the time allowed for approvals. The ordinance is scheduled for the Planning Commission for May 12 with the Planning Dept. submitting its report by May 5. Deadline for comments is April 18. Allen said that he objected to the Planning Dept. submitting its report so close to the hearing which did not give public adequate time to respond to its report."
Gil Dembo said the state legislation was created for the large home developers (KB Homes or Toll). The development will still have to go through the Coastal Zone Commission.
Richard Cohen – for this law to be as good as it seems, all the Community plans would have to be updated. Jack Allen said not our community plan, but other community plans will need to be updated.
George Wolfberg – the City should act the same way as the Coastal Commission and require applicants to meet certain conditions to get extensions.
Chris Spitz – spoke with Wendy Sue Rosen for a Brentwood Resident's Group, and they have adopted a motion. Time for analysis is short, the planning commission hears this on May 12th and the staff report comes out one week before. This is a very complex issue and there is not enough time to read the report.
Richard Cohen – we should express our disapproval of time expiration dates and extend time to respond to the plans.
Richard Cohen moves and George Wolfberg seconds
Pacific Palisades Community Council is opposed to automatic extensions of expiration dates without applicants showing good cause and certain other aspects of the Proposed Multiple Purposes Ordinance.
The motion passed with one opposed.
10.0 New Business
10.1 ACE (Administrative Citation Enforcement Program) Draft Motion- Haldis Toppel
Los Angeles is failing to enforce minor violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) which includes among others sign violations and building and zoning code violations. Non-compliance is considered to be “the cost of doing business” by some home owners or contractors. Enforcement by Departments is limited to issuing citations and compliance with citations is voluntary until it gets to the City Attorney. If a citation by a Department such as Building and Safety is ignored, the Department simply issues another citation, the consequences are minor. Because a violation of the LAMC is a mandatory criminal offense, the City Attorney refuses to handle these minor cases unless they are grievous violations. This encourages more violations and the City Departments and citizens are frustrated.
The City has drafted two ordinances to address enforcement of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC). When an inspector finds a violation on the first inspection, a notice to comply is issues. After the problem has been corrected, a second inspection is necessary and a fee of $375 is assessed to cover the cost of this second inspection under this ordinance. This fee is placed into the General Fund. This ordinance was recently passed.
A second ordinance has been drafted by the City Attorney and is currently under review. It is designed to assess sufficiently high penalties to be truly a deterrent to violations,
- raise enough money from the penalties to cover the cost of enforcement by the involved City Departments as well as the City Attorney,
- and to provide an alternative to the mandatory criminal prosecution of LAMC violations by adding the Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE) program. This program allows the issuance of citations for minor violations by the inspectors in the field similar to a traffic ticket and “decriminalizes” such minor violations.
The penalties collected under this ordinance will not flow into the General Fund but into a separate fund designed to be used only for enforcement efforts.
1. Very important ordinance but some concerns: Need an ordinance that allows us to enforce the laws, but not overbearing on the innocent
Jack Allen- Technical problems with the ordinance, but agrees in theory. He has concerns with the administrative enforcement and that it would eventually wind up in court. The costs of a conviction of a violation could be prohibitive, even up to $30,000.
The provision has an appeal process.
Chris Spitz- The reason it was brought here today is that we support the objectives of the ordinance. The Brentwood Community Council supports it and it is modeled after the San Diego and Sacramento ordinances which have 80% compliance.
Richard Cohen- We should support this ordinance; the City Attorney doesn’t enforce current violations.
Enforcement of planning and zoning laws are needed.
Harry Sondheim- does it include signs. Yes.
Joyce Brunelle- Residential and Commercial interior and exteriors included. Yes.
Gil Dembo- Supports the new City Attorney, he has bill boards under control. New enforcement is needed.
Jack- City currently doesn’t collect enforcement costs.
Janet Turner- Can we support the concept?
MOTION 10.1 ACE
PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL MOTION
WHEREAS, the Pacific Palisades Community Council has often commented on the failure of enforcement of sign violations and of building and zoning violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC);
WHEREAS, the City Attorney has drafted an Ordinance for an Administrative Citation Enforcement Program (“ACE”) (CF 10-0085 and 10-0600);
NOW, THEREFORE, the Pacific Palisades Community Council supports the objectives of ACE in concept to enforce the LAMC .
Jack Allen moves and Haldis Toppel seconds the Motion.
The motion passes with one opposed.
11. General Comment
Flo Elfant – there is much interest in earthquake preparedness after the Japan earthquake. She is making numerous presentations and the materials at the Post Office are being used. She wants to remind everyone of this available information and the need to be prepared.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Voting Members in Attendance: Executive and Primary: Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russell, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Richard Wulliger, Chris Spitz, Mary Cole, Aurelia Friedman, Jennifer Malaret, Amy Kelp
MINUTES FOR APRIL 14th, 2011
Voting Alternates:Robert Baker, Mahtab Moayedi, Susan Orenstein, Janet Anderson
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming, Jamie Schloss, Schyler Dietz, Barbara Marinacci
1 Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws- Haldis Toppel read the mission statement
2 Introduction of the Board and Audience- The meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Janet Turner. Introductions of the Board and Audience.
3 Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a quorum was present.
4 Adoption of Minutes- George Wolfberg moved and Haldis Toppel seconded that the Minutes from the March 24, 2011 be adopted. The motion passed unanimously.
5 Consideration of the Agenda- The Chair considered the Agenda.
6 Treasurer’s Report- The Treasurer reported that as of April 14, 2011 there was $2,909.62 in the checking account; $17,983.96 in the Smith Barney CD’s; and $1,780.04 in the Post Office account for a total of $22,673.62. Ted Mackie reported that the recent newsletter resulted in 156 contributions at an average of $31.57 per contribution including a $200 one from Barbara Mandrel. In the past the average contribution was $20 on a requested donation of $15 instead of the current of $25.
7 Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is the Sparkplugs Dinner on April 28, 2011 and the next business meeting is May 12, 2011. Special thanks to Christy Dennis who reported that 112 reservations are already made for the Sparkplugs Dinner (room for only 150).
7.1.2 Janet Turner appointed the officers of the Election Committee- Richard Cohen, as chair, Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Steve Boyer. The nominations for officers on the Board are due May 12, 2011. The voting will take place in June. Any past or present Board member may run for Chair. Any other position is available for consideration. The election of officers is June 9, 2011.
7.1.3 Janet Turner and Haldis Toppel attended the Budget and Finance Committee hearing on the proposed ACE ordinance. Janet spoke in favor of ACE in principle, but voiced concerns with the enforcement procedures. The Budget and Finance Committee will meet with Jane Usher with suggestions.
7.1.4 Thank you to Christy Dennis - Newsletter and Sparkplug Letter- Janet Turner thanked Christy Dennis for a great newsletter. Christy Dennis thanked Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz and Haldis Toppel for their input into the Newsletter. A special thanks to Ted Mackie. Janet also gave a special thanks to Christy Dennis for the letter to former Sparkplug winners inviting them to the Dinner.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.1.1 Victoria Cross, Department of Water and Power (DWP)- Update on Distributing Station 104 (DS 104) the site next to the Marquez School is still being considered. The DS (DS 23) on Sunset (corner of Sunset and Via de la Paz ,) is very overloaded and another site is needed. To meet their requirements, a primary site plus two alternates must be located. All will need an EIR and must meet special requirements such as stability of land, availability, proximity of demand and financial viability. Aesthetics are important. Norma Spak suggested the old nursery site owned by the Getty at the corner of Los Liones and Sunset. Ms. Cross said she would look into it.
7.1.2 Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore- Crime is down in this area. In an incident near CVS Pharmacy, a man walking by a domestic dispute became a victim. The man involved in a domestic dispute bumped into the victim twice with his car. The victim then fled to his car, only to be attacked again and beaten and had to be hospitalized. Michael Moore stated that the LAPD Traffic Division now handles all vehicle related incidents. The victim claims that the detectives on this case are giving him a song and dance about budget problems restraining the investigation. Moore says that at this point, he does not have the detective’s point of view. The video from CVS cameras of the incident had a glitch at the point of the incident and are not viewable. The detectives might have a better copy. The victim is still in the hospital. Janet Turner and Joaquin Macias have an already scheduled meeting with Capt. Brenda Crump and will bring this incident up.
A crime report was not filed about 5 kids walking in the Alphabet Streets and hit with an air rifle. The incident was published in the Palisades Post. Also, an incident occurred on Lachman Lane concerning the firing of a gun which later turned out to be an air rifle. An LAPD helicopter and at least seven LAPD ground units responded, as well as all three private patrol services in the area. The 22 year old white male was taken into custody by LAPD..
Barbara Kohn reported that on Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset a man approached a man and his daughter in their car and scared them. Eight to nine people are on the street at that intersection and milling about. Citations are issued and the problem abates for a short time. Police need to see an infraction for an arrest.
George Wolfberg reports that there are people hanging out (sleeping) near the stream and at Rustic Canyon Park.
7.2.3 Councilman Rosendahl’s office- Joaquin Macias reported that the Temescal Canyon Pool fund raiser went well. A meeting is scheduled to meet with the Park, Bureau of Engineering and the YMCA to get the numbers to bring the pool up to code.
Potero Canyon is proceeding. A haul route has to be set up with Cal Trans.
Speed signs at 10 locations on Sunset will be set up. These will be permanent and wired, not solar. This is not public yet. Installation is expected this summer.
There was a walk around with the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) for the bike racks. DOT does not have to take feedback from the community; they could put bike racks that we didn’t approve, but they won’t.
CERT training meeting will be set up in the Palisades. Councilman Rosendahl will support the CCF Ordinance.
Rustic Canyon Park has Prop K funds waiting. Project was started 8 years ago and will have bids from sub contractors beginning on Monday for the Baseball field and service road.
The traffic signal at Vons is proceeding and the installation of the signal at Sunset and Los Liones is on track.
The 815 El Oro property is a vacant lot and an abandoned construction site. It is being cleaned up by the owner. The Board thanked Joaquin for his efforts to get this done. Haldis Toppel stated that the community has asked for action for six years and Joaquin was able to get results in less than six months on the job with Councilman Rosendahl’s office.
Joaquin will get temporary parking signs for Will Rogers Park for Easter Sunday.
On May 12, 2011 Councilman Rosendahl will attend the Community Council meeting.
8 Reports From Committees
9 Old Business
9.2 DWP Rate Payer Advocate-Motion to have CCs & NCs participate in the selection process- Jim Rea
Jack Allen moved and George Wolfberg seconds the following motion that calls for Neighborhood and Community Council participation in the selection of the manger of the DWP Office of Accountability (Ratepayer Advocate):
Whereas the City Council must pass an enabling ordinance to determine the method of selecting the managing executive of the DWP Office of Accountability (by whatever title: Executive Director, President, Managing Director, etc.), and;
Whereas the managing executive will be responsible for hiring, firing and managing all staff of the DWP Office of Accountability, including the Ratepayer Advocate, and;
Whereas it is of critical importance that neighborhood input be included in the process of selecting the managing executive;
Therefore, the Pacific Palisades Community Council hereby requests that the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council insure that any selection committee impaneled to recommend, select or appoint the managing executive of the DWP Office of Accountability be comprised with at least one third of its members taken from representatives of Neighborhood Councils or Community Councils.
Whereas the citizens of the City of Los Angeles passed Charter Amendment I in the March, 2011 election by a 74.54% margin, The Chair of the Pacific Palisades Community Council shall address a letter to the Mayor of Los Angeles, to the Los Angeles City Council expressing the intent of this motion
THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
9.1Budget Advocate’s White Paper
Guests:Jay Handal, Chair, Neighborhood Council (NC), Budget Advocates
Joe Hari, the Mayor’s new representative to the Westside
Brenda Anderson, Assoc. Director, Neighborhood & Community Services
Julie Butcher- SEIU 721- Coalition of LA Unions was not available
Joe Hari, Mayor Villaraigosa’s new representative to the west side, introduced himself to the Community Council. This was his 4th day on the job and he is excited about his new position and being helpful to our community.
Jay Handal, Chair, NC Budget Advocates, presented the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates 2010-2011 white paper with recommendations to decrease the Los Angeles City budget deficit in a time of economic crisis, saving jobs and saving services. This has been adopted by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce as well as other organizations. Jay Handal said that this represents the need for the City to get back to basics. The Neighborhood Budget Advocates are against the Mayor’s proposal to hold back pay to pensions and deferring it until 2014. This is a temporary budget fix and not a solution. Unions will not give up their COLAs unless layoffs are threatened. The budget needs to be based on reality.
Handal said that there is no incentive for a department to create any revenue, because it goes into the whole budget. For instance, the Parks don’t get any reward for creating any revenues; all revenues go into the General fund and this encourages departments to become caretakers. Existing revenues need to be collected with a percentage retained by the department who collected it. There also needs to be a reward for creating new revenues. There needs to be an overhaul of the permit system.
Handal presented that the City should hire properly qualified commercial parking lot operators to run the City’s parking facilities for a fee. The city still controls the rates.
Jack Allen said this was done in Beverly Hills with Five Star as the operator and the city setting the terms and rates.
Richard Cohen said that this happens all the time in high rises.
Brenda Anderson said that the CAO and CLA reports were due on April 20th. She said the Mayor wants to work with the advocates and the PMU team will evaluate the suggestions. The Mayor wants to support the suggestions from the advocates, but wants to wait to see what is in the reports.
Handal said that the bulk of City Council take what they say seriously and are asking for individual meetings.
Handal added that Los Angeles is not attracting new businesses into the city. The tax system is wrong; out of approximately 420,000 businesses about 20-30% don’t report their gross revenue.
10. New Business
10.1Western Regional Alliance of Councils(WRAC) Motion on the stadium and convention center.
George Wolfberg moves and Jack Allen seconds that:
Motion on the stadium and convention center.
Re the proposed downtown stadium and convention center renovation, WRAC opposes public funding (including interest on infrastructure bonds and forgiveness of loans), supports market-rate leases of city land, supports a full EIR (with no exemptions from appeal), supports maintaining the financial viability of the convention center.
Richard Cohen said he had problems with the WRAC motion. We should only take a position on matters that affect our area. We are not hearing both sides of the issue. Redevelopment can be very productive and create jobs and be self funding by generating property taxes.
Janet Turner felt that this is a City-wide budget issue and that we would risk losing even more of the already scarce services here if we didn’t take a stand against unnecessary spending.
Jack Allen said that this is not a redevelopment project- it’s a giveaway. Another football stadium.
Quentin Fleming argued that if it makes economic sense, then you don’t have to ask for public funding. Academia says that recreation is a zero sum game; it redistributes money and does not create anything new.
Chris Spitz felt that a full EIR is needed especially to address traffic issues.
Barbara Kohn said that we should take a position and let Rosendahl know how we want him to vote.
THE MOTION PASSED WITH 3 ABSTENTIONS.
The next business meeting will be May 12, 2011.
George Wolfberg, PCH Taskforce, reported that:
The surge project was suppose to go from the Anneberg Beach House to Entrada but will now start at Chautauqua and go the other way. A bicycle bridge will be built. PCH from Chautauqua to Baywatch Beach will have 1 lane closed during the day and 2 lanes closed at night.
There is an issue with the paddle dividers on PCH near the mobile home park. They will be adjusted to allow visibility for exiting the park.
The left hand turn project for the California Incline (extending the left hand turn lane) is now in the hands of CAL TRANS.
The Temescal Park camera stop sign case is going to court.
Chris Spitz reported that the LUC
Met with the Sunset Apartment developers and they have agreed to do a focused EIR.
A residence on Puerto del Mar has applied for permits for a large home on bluff with geological issues similar to Sunset Canyon Apartments.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Voting Members in Attendance: Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russell, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Jennifer Malaret, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, Gilbert Dembo, Richard Wulliger, Mary Cole, Aurelia Friedman
MINUTES FOR MAY 12th, 2011
Voting Alternates: Clifford Nelson, Janet Anderson
Non Voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Christy Dennis, Jim Rea, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming, Schuyler Dietz, Amy Kalp, Barbara Marinacci
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission- Jack Allen read the Mission Statement.
2. Call to Order- Introduction of the Board- Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. Introductions of the Board and Special Guests
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a quorum was present.
4. Adoption of Minutes- Haldis Toppel moved and Jack Allen seconded that the Minutes from April 14, 2011 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.
5. Consideration of Agenda- The Chair considered the agenda.
6. Treasurer’s Report- Janet Turner reported that as of May 12, 2011, there is $3,965.43 in the checking account; $17,983.96 in the Smith Barney CDs; and $1,780.04 in the Post Office deposit for a total of $ 23, 729.43. So far this year, we have received $8,225 in donations and need $10,000 for the year for operating expense. The donations are tax deductible.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1 Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 The next meeting is May 26, 2011. Candidates Forum
7.1.2 The Chair thanked the Park for letting us use the gym for this meeting and the Marquez Knolls Homeowners Association for use and set up of the microphone equipment.
7.1.3 Election Committee- Richard Cohen reported that currently the nominations are:
Chairman Janet Turner
Vice Chairman Haldis Toppel, Barbara Kohn
Secretary Jennifer Malaret, Reza Akef
Treasurer Ted Mackie
Candidates can still be nominated until June 9, 2011, the meeting at which the election is held.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Flo Elfant - Emergency Preparedness- Flo Elfant emphasized the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency, especially here in Pacific Palisades. We must be prepared to take care of ourselves with at least 3 days of water and food and basic emergency medical supplies. She has currently run out of information packets but urges us to be there for each other.
Information can be obtained online at www.pp90272.org. or e-mail at PacPalisCC@aol.com.
7.3.2 Joyce Brunelle announced the 3rd annual Community EXPO sponsored by Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, May 15th from 10 am to 2pm in the heart of the Village on Anitoch and Swarthmore. This is a great event for the whole family featuring vintage cars and booths.
9. Old Business
9.1Fire Station 69 Cut backs and the City Budget
Jennifer Malaret read the following motion
LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT FY2011/2012 DEPLOYMENT PLAN
Pacific Palisades Community Council Board Meeting; May 12, 2011
City of Los Angeles, Proposed Implementation of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s FY2011/2012 Deployment Plan for Battalion 9, Fire Station 69 – sponsored by Jennifer Malaret, Haldis Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall. Upon motion by Jennifer Malaret, seconded by Paul Glasgall, the Council approved the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is facing a projected $457 million deficit and the Los Angeles Fire Department (“LAFD”) is proposing permanent cutbacks to Fire Station 69 in the Pacific Palisades that would:
Cause the majority of days to have a 33 - 50 percent decrease in manpower whereas the current "rolling brown outs" system affects Station 69 only 9 days a month.
Present a permanent reduction in resources and manpower unlike the rolling brown outs.
Take away one fire engine completely.
Leaves the second fire engine with only one man except on a few red flag days when LAFD would bring back full staffing. There were only 13 Red Flags Days during 2010.
Prevent Station 69 from covering a medical call and a fire call at the same time, because the engine is needed to go on each call and there would be only one engine.
Provide for a second ambulance that will be on constant call to be sent out to other areas of the city and will reduce the manpower to 6 men at Station 69.
Become the only fire station in CD 11 to suffer permanent cutbacks.
Be more expensive then the rolling brown out system currently in place.
Cause remaining resources to be deployed based on a computer system that uses statistics of low rate calls instead of a high brush fire risk.
Put the residents covered by Station 23 in jeopardy because it is a 6-man station and Station 69 is their back up.
And whereas Pacific Palisades:
Is an isolated geographical area.
Has been considered for 46 years an extremely high hazard brush topography area.
Has, over the years, grown in the number of homes; many of which are closer to wooded areas, and have had a substantial increase in size of homes that require more fire fighters to meet the needs.
Based on the above, plus additional details, facts, history, and reasoning in the attached report...
BE IT RESOLVED, that PPCC opposes the proposed Fire Department's FY 2011/2012 deployment plan for Battalion 9, Fire Station 69 that proposes to reduce manpower and resources assigned to Station 69, and demands that the current "rolling brown out" system which would continue to help reduce the LAFD budget and provide more resources to Pacific Palisades remain in place, and will
BE IT RESOLVED, that the PPCC urges Councilman Rosendahl, Mayor Villaraigosa and Fire Chief Peaks not to support this unacceptable plan, and PPCC demands that they do everything possible to make sure essential core services are not cut, and also to designate LAFD as a priority for any unused General Fund monies.
Fire Department addresses the proposed cutbacks at Station 69- Donald Frazeur, Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations LAFD and Trevor Richmond, Planning Section Commander.
Representing the proposed cutbacks of Station 69, they presented a Power Point Presentation that stated to reduce risk 1. Brush clearance would be enforced and 2. Improve liaisons with other units in the City would compensated for the proposed cutbacks for Station 69. The LAFD needs to reduce its budget by 36% and reduce personnel. They believe that this is the best plan for the City. Brownouts were introduced in 2008.
The Fire Chief was directed to do a structural change and this meant they had to look at the business model. They purchased an optimizing software program, ADAM, for optimizing locations and types of services needed. This help to eliminate redundant deployments and reduce response time.
Currently Station 69 has 12 firefighters and is fully staffed 18 out of 27days. The Modified Closure Plan (MCP) has had a saving of $41 million. The savings needs to be $53 million.
Station 69 has Advance Life Force calls (paramedics) so that every call that goes out the door is paramedic related. The response times will almost be identical to current ones (under the MCP).
No fire stations in the City are closing. A Ready Reserve Rescue will be used to augment services and will be at Station 69 fully equipped. In addition to the paramedics, the ready reserve engines will be at Station 69 without the personnel unless needed in an emergency.
For further information go to www.lafd.org.
Firefighters Union representative Frank Lima, Captain of Station 69, and Tim Curry, retired Assistant Chief and Fire Commissioner presented a Power Point presentation to not alter Station 69 Deployment.
According to the new deployment plan, Station 69 would lose 50% of its fire fighting capability. The station will not have trucks small enough to respond to some of the Palisades community. Other districts are not losing one fire engine. They are proposing a permanent reduction in firefighters.
The ADAM looks at the number of runs (quantity) rather than the quality of calls. Medical and fire calls now have back up units in the station. The population is growing and the number of additional firefighters needed is not keeping up with the growth in population.
How long to get staffing on reserve engines?- Will be staff the night before in anticipation; such as in Red Flag days
How does the Councilman feel?- Joaquim on behalf of Rosendahl- If he had to vote today, he would vote no on this proposal.
If cuts are made, when would we have restored service?- The cuts will be permanent.
According to Matt Szabo, the Mayor’s deputy, this plan was a response to the City’s fiscal condition. 70% of every budget is for the fire and police. It is impossible to balance the budget without considering the police and fire. We cannot afford the fire department.
Jennifer Malaret moved and Paul Glasgall seconded the motion.
THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
9.2 City Budget- How to find money for the LAFD-
Councilmember Rosendahl office- John Gregory
Ray Ciranna, Assistant City Administrative Officer (second in command at the CAO’s office)
Available for questions and clarification of NCBA – Jay Handal, Chairman, NC Budget Advocates and Daniel Wiseman, Secretary, NC Budget Advocates
Jennifer Malaret read the second motion which follows:
LOS ANGELES CITY BUDGET AS IT PERTAINS TO THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT’S FY2011/2012 DEPLOYMENT PLAN
Pacific Palisades Community Council Board Meeting; May 12, 2011
Sponsored by Jennifer Malaret, George Wolfberg, Jack Allen. Upon motion by _____________, seconded by __________ the Council approved the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is facing a projected $457 million deficit.
WHEREAS, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates have made numerous suggestions for balancing the budget so that the City's core essential services can be fully funded, in support of which the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) attaches it’s report.
WHEREAS, the PPCC believes that the LAFD’s FY2011/2012 Deployment Plan (the “LAFD Plan”) results in permanent reductions of fire fighting services and, as a result, puts the public safety of Los Angeles citizens at an increased risk.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the PPCC requests the City Council and LAFD Fire Chief do all in their power not to capitulate to demands by the Mayor to cut the budget for essential core services that affect public safety such as, and including, the LAFD.
Relative to the LAFD Plan, the PPCC demands that the City Council and the Mayor:
1. Take far closer look at cuts to City departments that have no impact on public safety.
2. Restore solvency to the City of Los Angeles such that essential core services can be fully funded (i.e., increase the LAFD’s existing $495 million budget to its fully funded level of $566 million). The Mayor’s budget should provide the LAFD with designated priority to receive any “unused” General Fund monies (by virtue of committed projects that the City Council may determine it will not fund during the next fiscal year or otherwise) in order that the LAFD can move towards full staffing of the City’s fire stations to pre-2008 levels.
3. Ensure that, to the extent that the LAFD cannot be fully funded, the City should implement changes to the LAFD’s Plan so that our “boots on the ground” are not permanently eliminated as an answer to the City’s financial crisis. Specifically, the LAFD’s plan should be amended to keep Station 69’s staffing at current levels. Further, the PPCC would like assurances of exactly how much manpower our community will receive on critical days (such as Red Flag days and calendar holidays where the beaches are full and emergency medical needs are greater).
4. Turn to other sources within the LAFD’s budget that could be reduced without permanently eliminating local manpower to fight fires and operate ambulances, such as:
· Contract concessions by the union;
· Reduction of staff assistants;
· Elimination of battalion chief drivers; and
· Use of monies from foundations & private/public partnerships.
The discussion of the motion followed. Jay Handal explained that the difference is $13 million. The 24 Budget Advocates met with union reps, city officials and budget analysts to come up with their recommendations. They recommend that the City collects monies they haven’t collected. Need to concentrate on core services. We need to demand that the Mayor and Council fund the core services 100%. Collection system has to be reformed including compliance for business licenses. Further information can be obtained at www.budgetadvocates.com.
Matt Szabo, Deputy Mayor, agreed that the parking lots are badly run but the Budget needs to consider what monies we have now.
Concerning the LAPD vs. LAFD and cutting only the fire department; the Mayor started in 2006 to grow the Police Department by 1000. The police are not in a fixed position like the fire department. They are different departments with different services.
Public comment on the Budget can be made to the City Council tomorrow, May 13, 2011, at City Hall downtown at their meeting.
Jack Allen disagreed that the City should require that the co-pay for employees should be raised to $20. The budget should not be balanced on the backs of its employees.
Jack Allen moves and George Wolfberg seconds the motion with changes.
Jennifer Malaret will not accept the change to the motion. The vote will take place on the original motion.
THE MOTION PASSES WITH ONE ABSTENSION
Richard Cohen asks if the ADAM system took into consideration of the distances between the fire stations.
Gil Dembo wondered about the newly installed covered water tank at the top of Chautauqua and the helicopter’s ability to make use of it without the support of firefighters.
George Wolfberg asked if the LAFD was responsible for the VA facility (no- it is on federal land) and Station 95 by LAX (paid 100% by the Airport).
Paul Glasgall stated that there were 6 fires in the Highlands in the last 2 ½ years that were put out immediately.
11. General Public Comment
No price for saving lives and human safety- piggy back response is good
Fire department is our only resource and there are no cutbacks in 5 council areas. We want are proportionate share. High risk deserves high response.
Matt Szobo responds- Fair distribution of resources is the number one priority. It is the responsibility of the City to take care of all of its needs. They will send the resources where the needs are the greatest.
What constitutes a high risk period? How many days per year?
Answer by Donald Frazeur (Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations LAFD) Yes, there will be specific criteria. It will be based on weather . Determining the criteria is still in process. Computer is just a tool and fire has no special day. They will lean forward when red flag days occur.
A petition is being distributed to oppose the proposed reduction of services at Station 69 and can be accessed at www.save69engine.com
Janet Turner thanks everyone.
Adjourned at 9:26 pm.
Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement
MINUTES FOR MAY 26th, 2011
Introduction of Board members and the public.
Randy Young , Eileen Cassidy, Michael Moore, Brandon Lamb, Danielle Gillespie, Ada Taylor
The Chair certified a Quorum
The Minutes of 5/12/11 were adopted with revision by Jack Allen and Richard Cohen.
Richard Cohen, Chair of the Nominating committee, gave an update.
Nominations are open and will be open until June 9, 2011. Nominations can be submitted by a sitting Board Member and an individual can nominate self.
6. Treasurer’s Report
Next meeting - June 9th.
The Chair thanked Mr. Howarth for his $250 donation after looking at the pothole and bubble on his street.
The Chair thanked Jim Rea for many hours of work on the creation of the Blog for the PPCC web site.
The Chair thanked Paul and Palisades Highlands Homeowners in advance for trying to raise $1000 donation to fix fire road.
7.2.2 Michael Moore reported on the Alphabet Streets breaking into cars. Citizens observed and reported activities. 2 people were arrested. Helicopter was called to assist.
Officer Moore reminded everyone to keep their doors locked at all times. He told about a case where a woman on Amalfi took her dog for a ten-minute walk and left her front door unlocked. She returned and spent a normal evening at home and then went to bed. At Midnight she saw a light on in her closet. She found a young woman in her closet claiming she was looking for a Rock Star. The suspect was originally charged with burglary but nothing was taken, and the charge was changed to trespassing.
Michael Moore reported that a Child molester was spotted on Alphabet Streets.
It was pointed out by Board members that it took 30 minutes for LAPD to respond since no LAPD car was present in Pacific Palisades. An ongoing request by this community to keep officers in the Palisades is not followed by LAPD. Officer Moore stated that the patrol car assigned to the Palisades can be pulled out of the area at any time for emergencies elsewhere. He is noting in his logs when the car leaves the area.
Officer Michael Moore reported that additional LAPD cars will be made available for the West L.A. division during the closure of the 405 freeway for weekend of July 16 and 17 until Monday, July 18 at 7 a.m. Three cars will be dedicated to the Palisades during that weekend.
George Wolfberg reported the he spotted 5 coyotes in the Santa Monica Canyon area.
Janet reported seeing a homeless couple coming out of the brush at Temescal and PCH and she noticed another encampment along PCH between Temescal and Chautauqua. Officer Moore stated that he can only take action within 5 feet of the street. The adjacent land is private property and homeowners are responsible to take action and report on the presence of homeless people.
Stuart Muller reported for the Sunset Beach Association. One of the biggest issue is that the Homeless are storing things on top of the bus stop at Sunset and PCH.
Moore explained that LAPD cannot take action on issues regarding the homeless on their own. Problems have to come to the attention of LAPD as a citizen complaint. In order to remove items belonging to the homeless, LAPD must post a notice if the homeless person is not there and they find the belongings.
Vons Security is concerned with the homeless problem. Barbara Kohn is trying to coordinate with LAPD.
Janet will reactivate the Police Issues Committee: Amy Kalp, Barbara Kohn, Stuart Muller and Paul Glasgall as chair of the committee. This committee will try to look more closely at how the community and police can work together to solve the problem of homeless people encampments in the Palisades.
Richard Cohen reported that during the weekend of July 15 and 16 the 405 freeway will be completely closed. Gridlock will occur on the Westside and elsewhere. LAPD recommends that residents don’t travel during that time.
YMCA Temescal Canyon Report--Richard Cohen reported that he, Ted Mackie, David Card and Carol Pfannkuche walked around the YMCA property. Richard began the meeting by reminding the group that PPCC’s position is that all conditions and assurances provided by the YMCA with respect to the property must be complied with. He noted that the existing chain link fence is not in compliance, permanent structures are not permitted, and the promised landscaping has not been done. The YMCA has had the property for over 2 years. Carol said they have the money or can raise the money for landscaping. David Card said that he would be prepared to present landscaping ideas toward the end of June.
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Budget – Jennifer Malaret, George Wolfberg, Jim Rea and Quentin Fleming. Upon motion by Jennifer Malaret, seconded by Barbara Kohn, the Council approved the following resolution:
PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO MAYOR ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA’S FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012 PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES –
WHEREAS, the PPCC passed a resolution on May 12, 2011 approving certain suggestions for balancing the Los Angeles City budget, including support of certain recommendations made by the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates (the “May 12th City Budget Resolution”).
WHEREAS, since the passage of the May 12th City Budget Resolution, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) received additional recommendations from the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates (“Budget Advocates”) for balancing the Los Angeles City budget. The PPCC hereby commends the Budget Advocates for their dedication, efforts, diligence and commitment to a better City of Los Angeles.
NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, that the PPCC urges the Mayor and City Council to implement additional Budget Advocates’ recommendations and concepts as follows:
In addition to the single collections entity recommended by the PPCC in its May 12th City Budget Resolution (Attached Report, Item 3), the PPCC agrees with the Budget Advocates that a completely new collection system for revenue enhancement be created based upon elements which have been proposed by the Controller (merging the Treasurer and Office of Finance), CORE (creation of a Collections Inspector General) and by the City Attorney (Administrative Citation Enforcement).
The City should implement the “Shop L.A.” branding program.
The City should be entrepreneurial with services that could benefit other entities and allow the sale of city services to other communities provided that such efforts are revenue enhancers for the City of Los Angeles.
The Mayor and City Council shall take action to decrease the City’s dependency on Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes (“TRAN”)  in the short-term by requiring payment of the DWP Revenue Transfer ($250 million) in July, 2011. The PPCC recommends that the City establish a long-term goal of eliminating the routine use of TRAN.
There were no discussions or questions. The motion passed unanimously.
Jay Handal agreed that this is a great step in the right direction and thanked the Budget Committee.
9.2 Officer Candidates
George Wolfberg headed the Candidate Forum. He stated that nominations can still be made up to and including June 9th. He explained that each candidate can make a 2 minute opening statement, 1 or more may talk for each candidate, questions prepared by the Nominating Committee will be presented to the candidates, followed by candidate closing statements.
Kurt- Expressed concern that the procedures of the nominee forum were not vetted by the PPCC bylaws committee and the Board.
Richard Cohen responded to Kurt saying that the bylaws are silent about this, and then added that the Nominating Committee scrupulously adhered to PPCC by-laws in doing its work. Furthermore, this year’s efforts to make the process more transparent, as related in the minutes of April 8, 2010, were followed.
At the time the Nominating Committee met there were two nominees for Secretary and two nominees for Vice Chair. The Nominating Committee judged Jennifer Malaret best qualified for Secretary and determined to select and approve her. The Committee declined to “select and approve” any candidate for Vice Chair, noting that the two nominees were well known to the Board. Furthermore, all nominees’ names appear on the ballot and Board ultimately makes the decision.
Kurt- how can nominated candidates be told that they will win a position before voting has taken place.
Richard responded that no one has been told they won the position. The board will cast a secret ballot and that is how it will be decided.
Forum for SECRETARY position:
Lots were drawn to determine the sequence in which the candidate will speak or answer questions. A is Jennifer Malaret, B is Reza Akef
George Wolfberg said that under his Chairmanship with 18 Board meetings, his secretary only took minutes 4 times.
Jennifer Malaret – spoke for two minutes about her (1) qualifications as an attorney, Area 3 Representative, City/State Budget Committee Chair, Land Use Committee Member and Park Advisory Board Representative, (2) work on behalf of the PPCC with other CC’s, NC’s CD-11 and at City Hall, (3) experience specific to the Secretary position including LUC Secretary, PP-PAB Secretary and filling in for the PPCC Secretary, and (4) desire to serve on the Executive Committee (based on experience in drafting the Board’s Code of Conduct) and wanting to learn more about the administration of the PPCC organization.
Reza Akef was born and raised in the Palisades community. He attended Palisades High School; swam on the HS team and was actively involved in student concerns; he then attended UC Santa Barbara, where he studied Political Science and Professional Writing. Upon returning to the Palisades post-undergrad, Reza possessed the inclination to be involved in our community with focus on his Area 8 neighborhood. These included traffic problems, Paul Revere problems, and the issues caused by the annual Rivera Golf Tourney. He also served on the PPCC as the Area 8 Alternate from 2005 to 2007.
Reza served on Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s staff for a year and received a promotion to work for US Congresswoman Jane Harman for another year. It was then that Reza left for Law School to add more skills and knowledge to his toolbox. Now finally back in the Palisades, hopefully for good, Reza is proud he has the opportunity to give back to our community.
Chris Spitz provided supporting statements for Jennifer Malaret’s nomination as Secretary – Chris detailed reasons for support and underscored that Jennifer is well qualified because (among other reasons) she takes excellent notes, has invaluable Word processing skills, her law background is excellent, she takes her responsibilities seriously and her work ethic is second to none.
Haldis Toppel provided supporting statements for Reza. Haldis said we are chronically in need of a Secretary for PPCC. So when Reza approached her with the idea to get involved in PPCC again, she suggested that he consider running for secretary. As Alternate for Area 8 from 2005-2007 he had represented the interests of the area surrounding the Riviera Country Club and attended PPCC meetings regularly. He then worked as volunteer for Councilman Rosendahl’s office and has since graduated from law school. Haldis stated that it is refreshing to find such an interest in public service by our young residents and she fully support s his goals.
QUESTION: Tell us about your past efforts to further the mission of PPCC, and how you would work with the Chair going forward?
Jennifer Malaret – detailed her prior experience with the PPCC that began in 2003 when Sprint proposed putting a cell phone tower outside her house; however, through successful work with Norm Kulla, the community and the Palisadian Post, Sprint ended up installing an AGF instead. Second, she worked with Janet Turner and became involved with the Civic League and Carl Mellinger on an issue involving illegal grading and the construction of an oversized building. Finally, in 2009 she approached the PPCC and Chair Richard Cohen relative to the issue of sober living. New ideas for the Secretary position including assisting the Chair with Email communications, taking regular notes, putting together a notebook to pass on to next person, providing Power Point agendas at Board Meetings, etc.
REZA AKEF – when he was 16-years-old, Reza took it upon himself to collect signatures from his 40 neighbors living around Allenford in order to install speed bumps; DOT said No without even performing a test. Then, Reza, now 17, repeated the same petition and got LADOT to perform a full road traffic survey for the installation of speed bumps. Then six years later, Reza working with Norman Kulla of the PPCC and Sue Pascoe and was able to put together a comprehensive traffic plan and create a new safety plan around Paul Revere Middle School. The key is that Reza remained very persistent and worked with everyone and built a consensus to make it work.
QUESTION: Do you envision doing something different as PPCC Secretary?
REZA AKEF – He has had this job in other organizations and sees the core responsibility to be Communication. PPCC has to make a larger effort to let everyone know about the PPCC and that it exists. Residents can make their voice known with the PPCC. Whether it be going door to door or any other ideas that get the Area reps out into the community, PPCC needs to be more proactive in the community.
Jennifer Malaret – New ideas include formalizing the duties and rules for Secretary, implementing new procedures for amending the draft minutes, and enhancing the Minutes, which are the PPCC’s work product, so that they can be move visible to the community
REZA AKEF –The first step is to be here to discuss the issues. Second, the Palisades is his home. He will still be around and will still participate. He is a persistent person and has a passion for public service and helping others. He has the needed experience with elected leaders from Rosendahl to Harman and Waxman; and has an avenue with our civic leaders to facilitate communication and give more opportunity for a healthy exchange. He is happy to answer any and all questions not posed tonight. He may be reached by email.
Jennifer Malaret – It has truly been a pleasure serving on the PPCC’s Board and I appreciate your support of my nomination as Secretary while asking for your vote, which will allow me to serve.
A is BARBARA KOHN
B is HALDIS TOPPEL
Barbara Opening statement
I have given much consideration in deciding to run. I am well balanced and experienced. For the last 10 years I have been the Area 1 Representative. I make sure that I am always representing the residents in my area. I always check with the Home Owner Associations in the Area before voting. I have been active in leadership roles for more than 30 years, protecting neighborhoods and adherence to California Environmental Quality Act. I want to further pursue outreach to other neighborhoods and councils. I do not hesitate to express my opinion, but always want to make PPCC stronger because of it.
Haldis Opening Statement:
In an election, we speak about accomplishments, but being a volunteer in a volunteer organization it is not just about accomplishments, it’s about people and it’s about the community.
Yes, I have made significant contributions to PPCC.
I have supported five Chairs for over seven years. In the process I developed and streamlined many of the procedures that define our organization today.
In 2005, I drafted the Guiding Principles, the document that guides many of our decisions today.
I implemented the current e-mail system, and I helped to define the boundaries of PPCC, drew the map and wrote the descriptions.
I have designed our newsletter to its current format and saved thousands of dollars by purchasing the mailing list.
I introduced the concept of the current Land Use Committee.
I salvaged the Sparkplug event in 2006 when the Citizen event was cancelled. Recognizing success, the Citizen event was resurrected the following year by the Palisadian-Post.
I have spoken at hearings and drafted motions in support of zoning laws, an LAPD facility, and the City Administrative Code. I have opposed LAPD and LAFD deployment reductions, the 5 dog/5 cat ordinance, and the closure of the Temescal Canyon Pool.
But beyond all the rhetoric of accomplishments, I have made it my goal to be helpful and kind to the people I come in contact with. When I speak I ask myself: is it true, is it helpful, is it kind? When I act, I ask myself: is it honest, is it ethical, is it productive. Those are my own Guiding Principles that I live by.
Janet in Support of Barbara Kohn: Barbara’s list of accomplishments is endless. She’s been at my side at many public hearings, providing me instant access to the history of the projects. She has introduced me to political and community leaders, and has helped me to navigate the system. Knows Rosendahl and the City Attorney and helped get PPCC in person meetings with both on important PPCC issues. She’s become an elder statesman in formation of the new LUC. She understands the dynamics of a community organization and its role in the town as well as in the City. We are on the same wavelength on many issues.
Randy Young in support of Haldis Toppel: He supports Haldis for the position of Vice Chair. Traditionally, the Vice Chair position is the heir-apparent position for the Chair and Haldis has been groomed for that position. Randy is friends with both candidates and respects the work done by both, but in this case he feels compelled to support Haldis. She has ably supported many Chairs and has worked tirelessly for the Board and the community. She deserves that position. Randy stated that he sees a procedural problem with this election. In a fair election process, the Chair cannot get involved in the nomination process. Randy has a strong love of what Haldis has done over the years and supports her as Vice Chair, but has nothing to say against Barbara who has also been a friend for many years.
Aida Taylor, Marquez resident support Haldis: I’ve known Haldis for 20 years. I know her capability and enthusiasm – She gives lots of good advice and helps citizens.
Question 1: Considering your involvement in other organizations, will you have time to be of assistance to Chair.
Barbara- Has done it in the past with her fight against construction in her neighborhood. Currently has helped with public hearing process, and how to get around City Hall. Has also helped her with the office work of the Council.
Haldis- Help to Janet, helped her to be elected to the PPCC as Area Representative, has supported her in all aspects of the organization, has repeatedly assured her that she will be available to step in on a moment’s notice when and if a job has to be done and nobody is able or available to do it. Over the years she has acted as the back-up Secretary no matter what position she held. In fact, she has been asked by the current Secretary to take the minutes at the next meeting. She has helped on many occasions with many functions.
Question 2: What have you done for PPCC mission?
Haldis- Has stated many of these issues in the opening statement: Drafted guiding principles, supported PPCC publicly, developed email communication system, salvaged the Sparkplug Award from being cancelled, created the PPCC map and descriptions, initiated and promoted the formation of the Land Use Committee (LUC) and listened to and researched issues in the community, drafted motions. Attended meeting and hearings, supported core goal to improve quality of life in PP.
Barbara- This process is a step forward for PPCC and gives it a more participatory attitude. PPCC was viewed as a closed group and that it was difficult getting into this organization. Committees being formed is brilliant. Taking up positions in local and City issues. As for having the time to give PPCC, I ran a retail store while heading up “No Oil;” I can do this.
Haldis Closing Statement- I assist and motivate. I serve the community in its needs and celebrate its successes.
Barbara- I am in position to share my vast experience and feel that Board members have a portfolio to pass on to new members. I am very versed in running community groups.
CHAIR, Janet Turner
PPCC had to step up and do hundreds hours of work. Numerous public meetings in this year of budget crisis. City Attorney and Planning Dept come to us as well as other community councils. Need more time to meet with City officials. Barbara and Jennifer have made a commitment already, and have been giving me a couple days a week helping with emails and the administration of PPCC.
QUESTION for Janet Turner: Should PPCC stay on same path or what changes will you make?
I have started many new things and would like to see them through. I started the blog, we need outreach, I see us being an advocate in the City of LA as a way to protect ourselves and Pacific Palisades.
Richard: Ted Mackie has done a tremendous job as Treasurer. It’s a lot of work. He is also webmaster and does a great job updating the website with the minutes and other announcements.
Chris- publically commended Janet. PPCC is all the better for her hard work.
Stuart– None of my questions were asked- same with Amy Kalp and Richard Cohen.
Kurt- Anonymous questions not good- should know who is asking the questions.
Janet allowed Stuart, Richard and Amy to ask one question each.
Stuart- asked Haldis why she supported the proposal to install a car wash next to apartment at Shell- Haldis answer: That was 4 years ago. Not aware then that it was against the specific plan, will always uphold current laws and ordinances. She spoke on behalf of individuals in her neighborhood who welcomed a less expensive and faster alternative to the one and only car wash in town.
Barbara- It’s very important to uphold the specific plan. Every member of the board should be aware of the specific plan. I have always worked to uphold the plan because it protects Pacific Palisades. Also want to make sure that Municipal code provisions will be up held. Otherwise new conditions can set precedents.
Richard and Amy declined the invitation to ask a question.
Adjourned at 8:43
Voting Members in Attendance
MINUTES FOR JUNE 9th, 2011
Janet Turner, Haldis Toppel, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russell, Paul Glasgall, Jennifer Malaret, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Janet Anderson, Joyce Brunelle, Gilbert Dembo, Chris Spitz, Mary Cole, Aurelia Friedman
Norma Spak , Robert Baker
Non Voting Advisors and Alternates
Steve Cron, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming, Barbara Marinacci, Kurt Toppel, Flo Elfant, Jamie Schloss
Start of Business Meeting
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission Statement- Jennifer Malaret read the Mission Statement.
2. Call to Order- Introduction of the Board and Audience- Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introduction of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum- The Chair certified that a quorum was present.
4. Adoption of Minutes- George Wolfberg moves and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconds the the Minutes for May 26, 2011 be adopted with revisions. The minutes were approved unanimously.
5. Consideration of Agenda- The Chair considered the Agenda.
6. Treasurer’s Report- Ted Mackie reported that as of June 9, 2011, there is $4,498.15 in the USB checking account; $18,134.57 in the Smith Barney CDs; and $1,780.04 in the Post Office account for a total of $24,412.76.
7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1 Next meeting is June 23, 2011
7.1.2 Janet Turner announced the appointment of Ilene Cassidy as Advisor to the Chair on Fire Station 69.
7.1.3 Janet Turner officially closed the nominations for PPCC officers.
7.1.4 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold public hearings for the Revenue Requirement Process. A public hearing will be held at Stephen Weiss Temple on June 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Janet Turner will email the Public Hearing schedule.
7.1.5 Gus Reiniker , a Palisades resident, thanked Stuart Mueller and Janet Turner for their assistance in pushing the police to pursue the suspect involved in his beating (He was also run over by a car). Mr. Reiniker spent over one month in the hospital. The police had placed this incident on a low priority, but thanks to two witnesses, Stuart, Janet and Joaquin Macias of Councilman Rosendahl’s office the suspect was apprehended.
7.1.6 Rob Weber, Secretary of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA), reminded us of the annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade . The parade begins at 2:00 pm featuring celebrities, floats, and a drum core. Members of the board are also scheduled to participate. PAPA is seeking donations and volunteers; for information go to www.palisadesparade.org. They are also sponsoring Palisades Rocks the Fourth concert featuring reggae superstar, Rocky Dawuni, starting at 6:30 pm followed by the annual Pacific Palisades Fireworks spectacular at Palisades High Stadium by the Sea. Everyone is also encouraged to join the PAPA/Amalfi Estates patriotic home contest by decking out your home in red, white and blue by July 2nd. Prizes will be awarded.
7.2Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias reported that Portero Canyon project has encountered a few problems; an area near the bottom has contaminated soil which had to be replaced and part of a pipe that runs from the bottom needs to be replaced or reinforced. Cal Trans has turned down the planned signal needed for hauling of dirt and is requiring a more permanent type of signal. This signal will be temporary.
The modified parking ordinance plan submitted by the LUC is to be commended. The council is looking to standardize the cell tower situation.
Janet Turner reminded Joaquin that Councilman Rosendahl has promised to work on the View ordinance now that the Hillside Ordinance had passed.
The signal on Sunset at Von’s is not quite complete, but they are still working on it. Thanks to Joaquin and to Norm Kulla, who initiated the signal.
Joaquin will meet with Paul Glasgall and Highlands residents regarding the cell towers on Palisades Drive.
7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore not present.
7.3Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Marguerite Perkins Mautner said that there was a segment on Channel 4 News regarding birds that are attacking people in the Palisades near Starbucks. The birds are trying to protect their nest. Mary Cole said that two beehives in front of her home have been taken away.
8. Reports From Committees
9. Old Business
10. New Business
10.1 ELECTION OF PPCC OFFICERS
Haldis Toppel insisted that a third party witness the counting of the Ballots by George Wolfberg and Richard Cohen. The Chair suggested that Marguerite Perkins Mautner witness the counting. George Wolfberg remind everyone that the By Laws forbade this. The Chair rescinded the suggestion, with no further objection from Mrs. Toppel. Marguerite Perkins Mautner passed and collected ballots to only those authorized to vote.
Board members voted.
10.2 AEG STADIUM- GUEST: MR. TIM LEIWEKE, President & CEO of AEG
Janet Turner introduced Mr. Tim Leiweke with the following:
Timothy Leiweke is President of Anschutz Entertainment Group, a leading presenter of global sports and entertainment programming. As President of AEG, Leiweke has formed alliances with more than 40 divisions and companies to produce global live sports and music events in AEG-owned facilities and other venues. Leiweke is also president of STAPLES Center and president of the Los Angeles Kings Sports Business Journal.
Power Point presentation was made by Tim Leiweke. CHRIS SPITZ notes on this presentation made at the Brentwood Community Council meeting last week.
Bottom line/my take-away points from them:
1. Economic benefit to city: job creation, urban renewal/development, will increase our rating as a convention-friendly city (currently we rate below Cleveland!), more new hotels with many beds coming in, thousands are needed for big conventions, etc.
2. Environmentally good project: AEG has already commissioned an EIR at a cost of $millions to them (already started?) which includes detailed traffic study; believes it won't have major traffic impacts; will coordinate with other events such as Lakers and LALive to avoid conflicting major events and gridlock situations; has already had experience with 100K attendees in the area for events are one time (when Laker games, concerts and exhibitions all going on at same time) with no major traffic problems.
3. Financial: explained the financial situation, gave details about how $350K bond to be paid (don't remember all details but involves some tax and fee monies). Stresses no cost to city. He did commit that AEG will pick up any shortfall annually on bond debt service (expected to be around $25M annually) -- this will be an operating expense of AEG, they won't expect to be repaid, they have similar arrangement with Staples Center). Steve Sann had questions about some incentives that hotels are receiving (hotels on Westside obviously aren't getting them so they are concerned they will lose business) -- but that is an issue particular to Westside hotels and I don't think others are particularly concerned about this.
Also: there will be 40-50 events a year at the stadium (not just football, which is 10-12 games only). Don't have an NFL team lined up yet. This is crucial; if no team then this whole thing will be withdrawn.
AEG Power Point Presentation
New development will focus on new convention business and big events as well as a new football stadium. The stadium will have between 72,000-76,250 seats with a roof able to open and close. New convention hall will have 169,000 square feet of floor space and 76,000 square feet of useable meeting room space. The cost of construction for the stadium is projected to be $1.05 billion and AEG will pay for it.
The new convention hall will be built connected to the existing main convention hall and the total area will have approximately 1 million feet of contiguous space. The new hall will cost close to $350 million to build and pay off old debt. The City of LA will own and operate the convention center.
The stadium will be built on the old west hall site. It is projected to take four years for construction and it will be phased. Out of pocket costs, thus far, for Farmers Field (new stadium) is approximately $45 million by next May. Construction on the new west hall will be paid by bonds.
This project will create 1,000 permanent jobs in addition to 3,300 construction jobs. It is projected to create $45 million in new annual taxes thru property taxes and sales tax. New residential and retail will be created in the area, including 4-5 new hotels.
Tourism and convention business is our biggest revenue generator. The current west hall convention center was built in 1971 and needs to be updated or replaced. Now conventions do not come to LA because of a split in the convention space flooring (two halls not contiguous) and lack of hotel rooms nearby.
Currently, approximately 300,000 people come to downtown every day. Mass transit usage will be encouraged. Non convention events will mostly occur on weekends. AEG is doing a full EIR, and they are already 8 months into it. It is due to be completed by May 2012.
There will be 32,000 parking spaces within a 15 minute walk. In addition to parking, a subway stop will be at 7th Street and we now have the Pico light rail. Tickets will also encourage use of Union Station by providing ground transportation to and from the Stadium at a reduced cost or for free.
AEG is environmentally committed and the stadium will be LEED certified.
LA must continue to own the convention center. The city bonds will be repaid by Farmers Field for over 30 years. The City will have new parking taxes and new sales taxes. Some revenue will go to the General Fund and only to pay for the bonds. There will be a fair market lease for the land for the life of the bonds until they are repaid. AEG will issue an annual letter of credit for each year to cover any short fall for the bonds.
AEG cares about Los Angeles.
Janet Turner- Has a professional football team been secured?
Answer Tim Leiweke (TL)- Not yet, but many teams are interested in coming to such a large market that hasn’t had a pro team for almost 20 years. They are also willing to buy a piece of a team (up to 50%).
Jack Allen- An event at the Convention Center brought gridlock to downtown LA yesterday. The downtown area cannot handle any more traffic. How do you intend to deal with this?
Answer TL -He has experienced the gridlock. There have been events (i.e. the auto show) at the Convention Center on weekends and traffic moved smoothly. Light rail is a must. Most people will be within the Convention Center area who are attending the event. This will bring jobs to the City and make Los Angeles a leader in the convention business.
Janet Turner- What about the hidden costs, such as the fire and police?
Answer- They currently pay for the police officers for events and also for firemen. This also includes traffic police.
Janet- This is for onsite protection, but outside the arena area, the City of LA is responsible.
Answer TL- Chief Becket endorses this plan and they reimburse the police for any tactical alerts. In addition, Farmers Field seat tax will go to pay down the bonds creating an estimated $45 million in new taxes. The sports facility will create new taxes.
Reza Akef- Mass transit does not work today in LA. Will you take the lead and create a new one?
Answer TL - The leaders of LA need to make the decision and take the lead for public transportation.
Quentin Fleming- Several research studies have conclusively demonstrated that government subsidies never pay for themselves. How do you prevent LA from becoming a victim of their team like other cities?
TL- He said he was familiar with the study from the University of Chicago, but he has academics who say the opposite.
Quentin responded that he was referring to work from Harvard, Rutgers and elsewhere---wasn’t familiar with the Chicago study. He went on to say that he would be a supporter if he could conclusively demonstrate that his project would somehow be different from all the others.
TL-Sports teams and sports facilities do not bring in money to cities. The $55 million to buy the land will return $100 million from seat taxes. This will also create new development and therefore new tax revenue. In the history of the NFL, this is the best deal for the city. AEG is making the bond guarantee and it is a $6 billion company. They have already obtained naming rights and are taking the risk on the building of the stadium.
Chris Spitz- Are you going to do a full EIR?
TL- They are currently doing an EIR and have had the first public comments. The second phase of the EIR should be ready in October for public comments.
They need protection from third party lawsuits and CEQUA
Jamie Schloss- What is the cost of the project and what is the revenue from Farmer’s naming rights contract? Is it around the $900 million number?
TL- Farmers actually contracted to pay AEG $700 million for stadium naming rights (naming the stadium Farmer’s Field as the presentation said). The contract is for twenty years and so net present value of the contract was more like $300 million.
Jamie Schloss- How much of that money went to the city?
TL- Rosendahl has asked the same question. The city gets none of the money, unless it is a profit participant.
Jamie- Since the city is putting up the land, doesn’t that make them a participant?
TL- AEG would pay $54 million for its EIR study.
Jamie- Pointed out that it seemed like they had already received more than that from Farmers.
TL- Did not deny the implication, but changed the subject . Some banter ensued.
Jamie- How much would the city receive as lease payment for the ground lease?
TL- That is being negotiated and AEG would pay Fair Market Value. No specific numbers can be discussed, as it is still being negotiated.
How do you intend to cover any shortfall in both the principle and interest? Will events in Farmers Stadium compete with the convention center?
TL-.No events in Farmers Field should compete with the convention center. They are already spending $15 million for design project. The seat tax amount will be displayed on the ticket, just as it is today at the Staples Center.
Janet Turner- Will LA participate in any profits?
TL- If they take the risks then they will be included in the revenue streams.
10.1 ELECTION RESULTS
CHAIR JANET TURNER
VICE CHAIR HALDIS TOPPEL
SECRETARY JENNIFER MALARET
TREASURER TED MACKIE
10.3 Expansion of LAX-Tom Chasney with the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion (ARSAC) and Diego Alvarez of Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA)
Janet Turner said the issue is to hold LAX expansion down to the current footprint. WRAC (Western Regional Alliance of Councils) is asking us to help in this issue. Councilman Rosendahl is in favor of modernization, but not for expansion. He believes that it is not good use of our money at this time. LUC (Land Use Committee) has met and discussed this issue and supports the motion of LAX Master Plan Elements.
Tom Chasney of Alliance for Regional Solution to Airport Congestion spoke on behalf of ARSAC supporting the community immediately affected by LAX. Their goal is to maintain the quality of life. Airport traffic will continue to grow; LAX has 75% of all air traffic in our region. It would be cost effective to spread around the air traffic.
On safety, the LALA study was done to show what would happen if you moved the runway north. Conclusion was that no significant safety reduced. 70% of the incursions occurred on the south side of the airport. More can be done to improve safety for instance, installing runway status lights and other collision avoidance systems, have more controllers on the job, improve the taxiways. Improvements at LAX can also include modernization to the terminals and bringing the Green Line into the airport. There are geographical problems that need to be addressed if the runway is moved.
Diego Alvarez of LALA said that they were doing a study to address the controversial parts of the Master Plan. The Master Plan is addressing the capacity of the Airport. Five studies have looked at ways to improve safety. The FAA slows traffic at LAX to make it safe. They are considering the impacts of the various alternatives for the Master Plan such as moving the runway 250 feet north or not.
Richard Cohen- It is commendable what WRAC is doing, but we must focus on Pacific Palisades and would abstain from this issue.
Janet Turner- LUC has put a lot of effort into this issue and the motion and needs our support.
Chris Spitz- The motion addresses concerns about the proposal. Councilman Rosendahl supports this motion and needs our support.
Jack Allen- Wants to see an EIR before he supports this.
Janet Turner considered tabling this until more information is obtained, but since no motion is on the table there is no need for such an action.
Chris Spitz moved and Stuart Muller seconds the following motion:
LAX MASTER PLAN ELEMENTS
WHEREAS, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is a member of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (“WRAC). WRAC is comprised of thirteen neighborhood and community council members from the Westside of Los Angeles.
WHEREAS, the leadership of WRAC has proffered a motion on the LAX Master Plan Elements, including future operations and expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport (“LAX”). LAX enhances tourism and economic growth in the entire region. WRAC supports the improvement of safety, security and convenience at LAX but has concerns which should be addressed by the LAX Master Plan update process, including appropriate EIR scrutiny.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, PPCC supports the efforts of WRAC and recommends that any revised LAX Master Plan Elements should:
1. Retain the existing LAX footprint unless approved by all surrounding communities. Improve placement of taxiways to handle the new larger aircraft, and incorporate cost effective safety enhancements that preferably do not require movement of runways.
2. Increase bus service and other forms of mass transit to the airport in order to reduce freeway traffic. Improve Central Terminal Area accessibility, including signage, physical roadway, multi modal passenger drop off and pick up, a consolidated Rental Car Facility, and rail connection.
3. Hold LAX capacity to its current theoretical threshold of 78.9 Million Annual Passengers and preclude easily added passenger gates or cargo facilities after the 2020 prohibition ends. Encourage development and maintenance of capacity at other regional airports, such as Palmdale and Ontario, which can act as a back up to LAX and which both have available capacity.
THE MOTION PASSES WITH 13 VOTES FOR AND 4 AGAINST.
11. General Public Comment
11.1 Reza Akef congratulates Jennifer Malaret on her election to secretary and reminds us that he is still here.
11.2 Jay Handal – A Blue Ribbon task force is being formed and five people from each area in the City will be selected. To be considered, you do not necessarily have to be a council board member, but must have extensive business and finance experience capable of understanding the many facets of the AEG deal. To apply submit a short description of your expertise.
Adjourned at 9:03
Voting members in Attendance: Janet Anderson, Joyce Brunelle, Mary Cole, Gil Dembo, Ally Friedman, Ted Mackie, Barbara Marinacci, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, James Rea, Harry Sondheim, Norma Spak, Janet Turner
MINUTES FOR JUNE 23rd, 2011
Voting alternates: Quentin Fleming
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Steve Cron, Flo Elfant, Jamie Schloss, Andrew Wolfberg.
Start of Business Meeting
1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Norma Spak read the Mission Statement.
2. Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience: Janet Turner called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Introduction of the Board and Audience.
3. Certification of Quorum: The Chair certified that a quorum was present at 7:06.
4. Adoption of Minutes: Gil Dembo moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the Minutes for June 9, 2001 be adopted. The minutes were approved with 1 abstention.
5.Consideration of Agenda: The Chair considered the Agenda.
6.Treasurer’s Report: Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of June 23, 2011. The total account balances equal $24,562.76, which consist of USB Checking $4,648.15, SmithBarney account $18,134.57, and Post Office account of $1,780.76.
Ted also advised the Council on results from the last newsletter and the implications regarding the next one. As a general rule, newsletters cost approximately $6,500 to produce. The previous newsletter netted a balance of $3,298.83. The implication is that the Council has sufficient funds to produce the next newsletter, but there is little room for discretionary spending pending additional revenue.
As of April 2011, the last newsletter mailing produced 326 contributions totaling $9,708.00. The total cost to produce the newsletter was $6,409.17, consisting of $3.046.67 to Post Printing, $2,085.87 to Pacific Rim, and $1,276.63 postage.
7.Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1. Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1There will be only one meeting in July and it will be on July 14, 2011. There will be only one meeting in August and two in September.
7.1.2 Thank you to Cathy Russell will be conducted on July 14, 2011.
7.1.3 The Council is seeking 1st and 2nd Alternates for both Area 3 and Area 5.
And a 2nd Alternate for Area 7.
Beginning July 1, 2011, there will be a 2nd Alternate position for Area 3. There is the need to give a 30 day public notice prior to filling Alternate positions. Hopefully these positions will be filled by the August 2011 meeting.
7.2.Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1Councilman Rosendahl’s office: Joaquin Macias was not present; he is attending a meeting at Skirball Center concerning the upcoming closure of the 405 freeway. 500,000 cars usually transit through the Sepulveda pass on the 405 on a weekend day.
The Chair recapped the results of Councilman Rosendahl’s letter to LAFD Peaks. The LAFD has now decided to drop its plan have the 2nd ambulance a “rotating” ambulance. Instead it will stay in the Palisades and increase staffing by 2 people. This will enable staffing for deployment of the hook and ladder truck, containing the Jaws of Life.
7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore: SLO Moore was not present. The Chair updated the Council that there has been a series of recent break-ins and on the importance of locking doors. In addition, several gardeners’ trucks have been recently stolen as there is a tendency for the gardeners to leave their keys in their truck. Tools are stolen, and then the truck is abandoned.
7.3.Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Motorcycle noise/nuisance on Wednesday nights: Jon McKown met with Capt Brenda Crump (West LA Traffic) about the situation, showing her videos and providing other information. As a result, LAPD has re-opened an investigation into this situation. Traffic cars were dispatched to the Palisades last night (7/22/11). Captain Crump will also look into providing sensors beneath Sunset Boulevard in the Palisades Village area (similar to sensors at Sunset/Will Rogers that turn the intersection light red if approaching traffic exceeds a certain speed). If this proceeds, PPCC will need to raise funds and will have input on placement of these sensors.
LAPD SLO Ragsdale has met with motorcycle groups that meet at the 76 Gas Station at Sunset/PCH. Some riders said they are willing to slow down through town.
7.3.2Flo Elfant, Disaster Preparedness: Would like to print a new batch of 3,000 booklets but is currently lacking funding. She currently has approx. $2,800 but wants to reach balance of $3,500 before printing.
Harry Sondheim made a motion to donate $500, seconded by Gil Dembo. For procedural requirements this motion was not voted on and will be put on the agenda for the next meeting with Harry and Gil sponsoring.
Prior to this there was discussion. The Chair and several Board Members advised that PPCC does not give funds to groups. Gil stated that this donation is not for a group, it is better defined as for the betterment of the community. Marguerite stated that PPCC does have funds in its saving account that have been unused for years; believes PPCC can use this money because it would not be going to a club, etc.
Joyce Brunelle wanted to conduct an informal vote tonight to determine the Council’s interest. The Chair advised that this cannot be done for procedural reasons; an item has to be on the Agenda 4 days prior to a meeting. Marguerite inquired whether this can be done during New Business; Gil advised that this would not qualify as New Business because the Council has addressed this in the past.
8.Reports From Committees
8.1Beautiful Palisades Committee Report: Harry Sondheim reported on a series of activities.
A sign belonging to a business in the Marquez area appeared on the fence at Pali High near the corner of Sunset and El Medio. The high school was unaware of this sign and removed it promptly.
There were signs belonging to the Synagogue located at the intersection of Sunset/Muskingum. The Synagogue will now put signs only on Muskingum.
The Self Realization Fellowship has posted signs from the Chamber of Commerce and St. Matthews Church. A lay staff member of the Fellowship stated that they will follow their own rules on these matters, and PPCC will have to directly contact organizations posting signs at the Fellowship.
Note from the Chair: The Monk in charge at Self Realization called PPCC and said that SRF would comply with the wishes of the Council and removed the commercial signs.
Finally, it was reported that the President-elect of the Rotary Club is planning to conduct a triathlon fundraiser on October 23, 2001, starting at 8:00 a.m. There will be a village fair on the Pali high school campus following the triathlon. The Rotary Club was able to obtain signatures from 51% of residents whose streets will be affected.
8.2 Newsletter Committee: Christy Dennis reported that the plan for the next newsletter is for it to arrive at peoples’ homes by September 12, 2011.
8.3 Cell Tower Update: The LUC has met and decided that cell towers will be going up in the Highlands, as well as the Verizon tower at Sunset/Capri.
8.4 DWP Update: Jim Rea provided detailed information regarding a proposed rate increase by the DWP. It appears likely that the rate increases will be put into effect prior to the new DWP Ratepayers’ Advocate being appointed.
A detailed “Rate Increase Summary” as well as “Rate Increase Analysis” has been posted to Jim’s website for further review by the Council. Go to: jimrea.com/dwp.
9.0 Old Business
9.1 Congressional and State Redistricting: Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Janet Turner gave a report on progress to date with redistricting resulting from the 2010 U.S. Census. This is the first time the State of California will not be gaining additional Congressional seats. Redistricting will affect 4 entities: the California Legislature (Assembly and Senate), U.S. Congress, and the State Board of Equalization.
California State Senate: Current plans will result in a new state senate district – rather than the current district of Malibu/the Westside (including the Palisades) and parts of the San Fernando Valley, the proposed district will be a coastal district where the Palisades will no longer be represented by Fran Pavely and will instead be represented by Ted Lieu from the South Bay.
California Assembly: The Redistricting Commission wants to see all Santa Monica Mountains regions grouped together so that the State Assembly person can advocate for the interests of this region, rather than having the region be a minor part of several districts. Julia Brownley will continue to represent the Palisades.
10.1Councilman Rosendahl’s AEG Stadium Commission: The Chair reported that the following people have been selected to represent the Palisades at an upcoming town hall meeting – Richard Cohen, Quentin Fleming, Jim Rea, Jamie Schloss and John Petrick.
11.General Public Comment. None.
12. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.